While the Church of Norway and the majority of affiliated CoN organisations continue to work for the dismantling of Israel as a Jewish state, one of Norway’s most respected academic (and incidentally also a card carrying Labour party member), professor Frank Aarebrot has accused Norwegian Christians of not caring about their Christian brothers in the Middle East.
Lifted from VG.no, google translate.
Aarebrot: Norwegian Christians fail their own
Professor Frank Aarebrot believes Norwegian Christians are too concerned about Israel. Christians in the Middle East, are forgotten.
– Norwegian Christian fundamentally fail Arab Christian, says professor of comparative politics at the University of Bergen to Vårt Land.
He is now calling for greater solidarity with the persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
– The poor people in the Middle East who believe in the New Testament, are forgotten by Norwegian Christians. They care more about the people in the Middle East who believe in the Old Testament, says Aarebrot.
The existence of Middle East Christians is threatened, and the entire people group may disappear, said Professor Berit S. Thorbjørnrud at the University of Oslo to Vårt Land earlier this week.
– In Iraq, Syria, Israel and Palestine can the historic churches disappear as vibrant, Christian community. It would be historically momentous, said Thorbjørnrud.
In June told former Christian residents of the city of Mosul on how they had to flee for their lives when IS stormed into town.
– They wanted to kill me and my family. I went the same day, June 10 last year. I was terrified, said Josef Sakinaom VG.
Christianity has a 2,000 year history in Iraq. The language Jesus spoke, Aramaic, still spoken in parts of the country’s Assyrian minority. Mosul and the surrounding areas have been the core areas for Christians in Iraq
Before the US-led Iraq war in 2003 there were between one million and 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. According to the website al-Monitor will now, after 12 years of war, just be about 300,000 left.
Frank Aarebrot also reacts to Christians from the Middle East are called refugees.
– They will never be able to return again. They are in the same situation as the Jews who left Eastern Europe and traveled to Israel after the Holocaust. Christians in the Middle East are unlikely to move back to a neighborhood where neighbors entered them into IS. What we see now is an exodus, says Aarebrot, referring to the Latin word used about Jewish departure from Egypt in the Old Testament.
– That the Norwegian Christians do not feel a special obligation for them, shocks me, he says.
Although not picked up and challenged by the journalist, others have challenged Aarebrots claim that Christians are being persecuted and/or leaving Israel in droves, which is of course a fallacy. Israeli Christians increasingly feel that they live in a state that protects them and affords them proper religious freedom and full human rights. This feeling is getting so wide spread, that young Israeli Christian Arabs sign up in ever greater number to serve in the Israeli Defence Forces, much to the chagrin of their outdated and sidelined elders who have been staunchly on the side of the anti-Israel movements.