Targeting the Sunday People from Brog's Blog

Targeting the Sunday People
from Brog's Blog

Islamic extremists have typically prioritized their victims according to the saying: “first the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.” What they mean, of course, is that they are going after the Jews first. But the Christians are next on their hit list.

Yet precisely because of these priorities, there are almost no Jews left to target in Muslim countries. A series of attacks shortly after the birth of the State of Israel in 1948 persuaded 800,000 Jews to flee these lands for Israel. Their new home – the Jewish State of Israel — became the terrorists’ top target.

Yet for many militants, Christian minorities at home are more tempting victims than the Jewish state over the horizon. With increasing frequency and ferocity, these militants are turning against, and massacring, their Christian neighbors. Over the past few months alone there have been a series of deadly attacks, including:

January 1, 2011, Egypt. A terrorist bombing killed 21 and wounded over 70 Coptic Christian worshippers as they left a New Year’s mass at Saints Church in Alexandria.

December 25, 2010, Philippines. A bomb explosion during Christmas Day mass on the predominantly Muslim island of Jolo wounded a priest and 10 churchgoers.

December 24, 2010, Nigeria. Christmas Eve assaults killed 32 and injured over 50 Christians in the mixed-faith cities of Jos and Maiduguri.

October 31, 2010 Iraq. Eight terrorists stormed Our Lady of Salvation Church in Bagdad during mass, slaughtering 58 worshippers and two priests. Afterwards, al Qaeda in Mesopotamia issued a bulletin claiming that “All Christian centers, organizations and institutions, leaders and followers, are legitimate targets.”

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David Brog
Executive Director, Christians United for Israel

David Brog lives and writes in Washington, DC. He worked in the United States Senate for seven years, rising to be chief of staff to a senior United States senator and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Prior to his time on Capitol Hill, Brog served as an executive at America Online and practiced corporate law in Tel Aviv, Israel and Philadelphia, PA. Brog is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

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