Targeting Christians

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House (www.heritagehouse.org.il) and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives (www.youngjewishconservatives.org). He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

With the recent publication of a flyer by a local Jerusalem ISIS chapter warning area Christians of violent "revenge attacks", its seems things can hardly get worse for Christians in the Middle East -/News/News.aspx/186161#.VY0QE_lViko

As is well known, Christians throughout the Middle East are suffering on a daily basis from persecution from Muslims. This is true from West Africa all the way to East Asia. Beheadings, crucifixions, rapes, beatings, humiliations - you name it! Churches are burned, leaders imprisoned, women sold as sex slaves. And no one is doing anything about it! At this point, there is little that can practically be done. 

Even here is Israel, we are not immune to this. In areas where Christians and Muslims live in close proximity, like Jerusalem, Nazareth, Beit Jala, Jaffa, Christians are suffering. Not like in Syria or Iraq or Nigeria, but suffering nonetheless. Many of them have left and many more are thinking about it.  We should also be targeting them! 

Why should Christians, who have been persecuted by Muslims, then turn around and sell or abandon their properties to those same Muslims that have been tormenting them when they finally can't take it anymore and leave? We should give them a better option - sell to Jews! They will get a better price and a better revenge. And if they just can't bring themselves to sell directly to Jews, then we should arrange for our Christian allies to fascilitate the transaction (at a profit to the Christians, receiving charity from Christians is not a good idea). 

Arieh King and the Israel Land Fund (www.israellandfund.com)  just had tremendous success in acquiring a previously Christian-owned property in Gush Etzion. The strategic importance of this acquisition cannot be overestimated! And there could be many more like this just waiting to happen! 

This should become a priority for the Jewish People. 

Shabbat Shalom,

Ben Packer
Old City, Jerusalem

www.heritagehouse.org.il

www.youngjewishconservatives.org