As internal Muslim violence further engulfs Israel, it’s not only Jews who are being targeted, but also those Arabs, primarily Christians, who dare to stand with the Jewish state.
Last week, as tensions on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount reached breaking point, a Facebook page associated with a group based in the Northern Israel town of Umm el-Fahm identified one of the Israel Police officers operating at the holy site as an Arab Christian.
It was not a complimentary post. The Muslim-run page in question (which has now apparently been blocked) called on the local Arab community to hunt down this Christian, whose name has been given as “Elias.”
Shadi Khalloul Risho, who is one of the leaders of the Aramean Christian revival in Israel and a contributor to Israel Today, warned that “today it’s Elias, tomorrow it will be all of us.”
“This madness must stop,” continued Shadi. “We must stop those who call or the blood of police officers. Please share this everywhere. We are all Elias!”
Shadi Khalloul is at the forefront of efforts to encourage young Arabic-speaking local Christians to voluntarily serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Police as a means of integrating with the Jewish state. He himself is a reserve captain in the IDF, and today heads the Israeli Christian Aramaic Association (ICAA) and founder of the Christian-Jewish Pre-Army Preparatory Program.
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