In the aftermath of the Arab Spring’s mass uprisings against repressive military dictatorships, radical Islamists are stepping into the political vacuum to seize power, while also unleashing a brutal wave of persecution against vulnerable Christian communities.

Yet one would hardly know this harsh reality looking at a statement coming out of a meeting of the Middle East Council of Churches in Beirut at the end of May, which instead focused its attention once again on condemning Israel as the main source for the region’s ills.


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