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Middle East Conflict

The Middle East has long been the site of religious and ethnic animosities, often erupting into outright warfare. Christians have tended in the past to view these events through the prism of biblical prophecies regarding the End Times. Today, they watch the Middle East with a wary eye, worried about the safety of resilient Christian minorities seeking to carve out a precarious existence for themselves amid a hostile climate of persecution. Many fear that the wave of revolutions touched off in 2011, and dubbed by some as the “Arab Spring,” will empower Islamist elements that will drive Christian communities from their ancient homelands.

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  • Suburban attorney indicted for falsifying asylum requests - Chicago Tribune
    DeKelaita, himself a Christian born in Iraq, has won asylum for hundreds of Iraqi Christians facing potential deportation, according to a 2008 Los Angeles Times story. He's been a prominent local advocate for Christians in Iraq, speaking publicly and writing articles posted online about their persecution.
  • No Safety for Christians in the Mideast - The New York Times
    If they urge Western societies to give sanctuary to fellow Christians from the patchwork of denominations that have flourished in the Middle East, they risk accelerating the region’s de-Christianization and fanning xenophobia in European lands. If they do nothing, they stand accused of abandoning those who share their faith.

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