By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
NEW YORK, NY (ANS) -- A leading Jewish leader, Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, has written an extraordinary commentary on the New York Times' website, with the headline, "Who Will Stand Up For The Christians?"
Islamic State terrorists on the rampage
"The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference.
"The Middle East and parts of central Africa are losing entire Christian communities that have lived in peace for centuries. The terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed hundreds of Christians this year -- ravaging the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza, in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, two weeks ago. Half a million Christian Arabs have been driven out of Syria during the three-plus years of civil war there. Christians have been pers ecuted and killed in countries from Lebanon to Sudan."
Ronald S. Lauder
"President Obama should be commended for ordering airstrikes to save tens of thousands of Yazidis, who follow an ancient religion and have been stranded on a mountain in northern Iraq, besieged by Sunni Muslim militants. But sadly, airstrikes alone are not enough to stop this grotesque wave of terrorism."
He said that The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) "is not a loose coalition of jihadist groups, but a real military force that has managed to take over much of Iraq with a succes sful business model that rivals its coldblooded spearhead of death. It uses money from banks and gold shops it has captured, along with control of oil resources and old-fashioned extortion, to finance its killing machine, making it perhaps the wealthiest Islamist terrorist group in the world. But where it truly excels is in its carnage, rivaling the death orgies of the Middle Ages. It has ruthlessly targeted Shiites, Kurds and Christians."
Lauder stated that a Chaldean-American businessman named Mark Arabo told CNN, "They actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick," describing a scene in a Mosul park.
"More children are getting beheaded, mothers are getting raped and killed, and fathers are being hung."
He then wrote, "This week, 200,000 Aramaeans fled their ancestral homeland around Nineveh, having already escaped Mosul.
"The general indifference to ISIS [now known as IS], with its mass executions of Christians and its deadly preoccupation with Israel, isn't just wrong; it's obscene.
"In a speech before thousands of Christians in Budapest in June, I made a solemn promise that just as I will not be silent in the face of the growing threat of anti-Semitism in Europe and in the Middle East, I will not be indifferent to Christian suffering. Historically, it has almost always been the other way around: Jews have all too often been the persecuted minority. But Israel has been among the first countries to aid Christians in South Sudan. Christians can openly practice their religion in Israel, unlike in much of the Middle East.
This bond between Jews and Christians makes complete sense. We share mu ch more than most religions. We read the same Bible, and share a moral and ethical core. Now, sadly, we share a kind of suffering: Christians are dying because of their beliefs, because they are defenseless and because the world is indifferent to their suffering."
Kurdish men carry the bodies of children who died after being driven from their homes with nothing to eat or drink.
"The Jewish people understand all too well what can happen when the world is silent. This campaign of death must be stopped."
About Ronald S. Lauder
International philanthropist, investor, art collector, and former public servant, Ronald S. Lauder has served as president of the World Jewish Congress since June 2007. President Lauder also demonstrates his deep commitment to his Judaism through a wide range of other philanthropic endeavors that reach around the world.
As president of the WJC, Amb. Lauder has met with countless heads of state, prime ministers, and government representatives in advancing those causes that are of most concern to Jews and Jewish communities internationally. He firmly believes in the importance of supporting Israel, especially in times when the State, and its citizens are under attack, whilst also encouraging and aiding the development of vibrant Jewish communities around the world.
For more information on the World Jewish Congress, please go to www.worldjewishcongress.org