You’d think a story like this would be making major headlines, given the amount of attention that’s afforded every other aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But the forced conversion of Christians to Islam by Gaza’s Hamas rulers just doesn’t seem to interest Western power brokers.
And that should be a wake-up call for any and all advocating a two-state solution.
Arab media commentator Raymond Ibrahim brings the story after surveying Arabic-language media, where the plight of Gaza Christians seems to be covered far more regularly.
“…we hear of the kidnapping of Christians and the coercion of them to embrace the religion of Muhammad,” reads one Arab media report cited by Ibrahim.
It goes on to note that in mid-October, Christians in Gaza held a rally against the abduction and forced conversion of their children, and that the coastal enclave's most senior Christian leader, Archbishop Alexios, confirmed that “Christians who converted to Islam did so under threats, coercion, compulsion and force.”
That was just three weeks ago. Did you hear anything about it in your media? Of course not. Because Hamas didn’t want you to, and the Western journalists on the ground here happily comply with the Islamists so they can keep their jobs, and their heads.
Makes you wonder what else is being left out of or misrepresented in mainstream media reports.
Even so, those whose job it is to know what’s going on in the world can’t be unaware of the situation. Which begs the questions: Where is the outcry from world leaders? Where is the special UN Security Council session condemning this behavior? Where are the human rights organizations that are always ready to jump all over Israel at the slightest hint of misconduct?