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Lord Sacks decries 'ethnic cleansing' of Christians in Middle East

March 30, 2016

The former chief rabbi of the British Commonwealth has protested the "ethnic cleansing" of Christians in the Middle East and called for an international response.

"The ethnic cleansing of Christians throughout the Middle East is one of the crimes against humanity of our time, and I am appalled that there has been little serious international protest," wrote Lord Jonathan Sacks in an op-ed column for the Daily Telegraph

Lord Sacks argued that while Christians have been the main targets of recent Islamic terrorism, their ultimate target is freedom in the West. He wrote: "The calculation of terrorists is that, in the long run, the West will prove too tired to defend its own freedoms." 

Lord Sacks, who was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwelath from 1991 to 2013, was recently named the 2016 winner of the Templeton Prize, in recognition of his work against religious extremism.


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  • Posted by: - Apr. 04, 2016 11:20 PM ET USA

    I agree with bernie4871 on the subject of the pope/Vatican hiring Lord Sacks. Great idea!!! World leaders need to stop up to the plate and protest and protect Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere against extremists. Thank you Lord Sacks!!

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Mar. 30, 2016 10:22 PM ET USA

    I really believe the Pope ought to hire Lord Sacks as his permanent advisor on all matters of State. He is a person of the highest human quality.