Israeli-Arab Priest Gabriel Nadaf at UNHRC. Photo: screenshot
Israeli-Arab Greek Orthodox Priest, Father Gabriel Nadaf, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Tuesday, called on the world to stand by Israel in its fight against Islamic terrorism, Israel’s NRG News reported.
“Israel is the only place in the Middle East where Christians are safe,” declared Nadaf, who has been sharply criticized by many Israeli Arabs for his staunch public calls for enlistment of Israeli Christian Arabs into the IDF.
In 2012, he created The Forum For the Enlistment of the Christian Community group, a move which has earned him the support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but scorn and even death threats from some Israeli Arabs.
The state’s Christian population has more than quadrupled since its independence in 1948, from 34,000 to 158,000 in 2012. Meanwhile, Christian communities in the Palestinian Authority and in Gaza, not to mention Egypt, Syria, Iraq and other Arab states are dwindling due to harassment and severe violence by Muslim Islamist groups, among them, Hamas, ISIS, and the Muslim Brotherhood.
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