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Thursday, 6 January 2011

Board of Deputies of British Jews voices concern at Christian persecution

We have recieved this message of support from Philip Rosenburg from the Board of Deputies of British Jews est 1760, reproduced in verbatim:

Board Horrified at Attacks on Christian Minorities

The Board of Deputies has expressed its horror at the terrible attack on a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria on New Year’s Day. Writing to the Coptic Church in the UK, the Board noted that the Coptic Church had been warning about this for some time, and that “the tragedy of complacency and inconceivable viciousness has resulted in this bloodshed”. As the Coptic Christmas approaches on 7 January, the Board sent Christmas greetings, and shared its prayers that the community’s celebrations “will allow the Coptic faithful and faith to overcome the destructive evil that has tarnished the beginning of 2011”.

Just days later, the Alexandria massacre was followed by the assassination of Salman Taseer, a Pakistani Governor who had spoken out for the country’s Christian minority. These murders come less than two months after the Board of Deputies expressed solidarity with Iraqi Christians following a suicide attack on a church in Baghdad. The Board shares the pain of all people of goodwill in the UK and around the World. We particularly welcome the clear denunciation of terror by significant Muslim religious and political leaders. We call on governments, religious movements and civil society to ensure adequate physical protection of their minority communities in the short-term, and to promote education and dialogue to end all forms of hatred.

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