This is from Haaretz- It is titled "Syrian Disinformation about Christian Persecution"
I am intentionally NOT using this headline.
For the simple reason I hold the opinion this is entirely possible, quite likely truthful.
The only argument may be to what extent this has taken place?
But even that seems cruel.
When is ethnic cleansing an acceptable behaviour?
When is religious persecution an acceptable behaviour?
There have been ample situations that have taken place previously that would lead one to realize that this has really happened. Iraq. Egypt.
Just to name two places where persecution of Christians comes to mind.
Of course, there is a third place- Israel.
Keeping that in mind, let's read what is in the Israeli press today.
Recent reports out of Syria have warned of the ethnic cleansing of 90 percent of the Christian population of Homs, the city that has been ravaged by the conflict between Assad's forces and armed opposition groups since the uprising against the regime began in February last year. The responsibility for the mass killings and expulsions has been pinned on an armed opposition group known as the "Al-Faruq Brigade."
This claim first gained wide distribution in a report published on March 21 by Agenzia Fides (the official Vatican news agency ), which declared its source to be "a note sent to Fides by some sources in the Syrian Orthodox Church."
Fides added that "in the 'Faruq Brigade,' note other sources, there seems [sic] to be armed elements of various Wahhabi groups and mercenaries from Libya and Iraq."
The claim of 90 percent ethnic cleansing can actually be traced to a report put out on March 13 by an online Arabic outlet known as Al-Haqiqa (Arabic for "the truth" ), with the URL address http://www.syriatruth.org.
According to Haaretz- this group- Syria Truth- has been taken to task by none other then MEMRI.
I know, your laughing right?! MEMRI!
As a matter of fact, Al-Haqiqa had already been taken to task by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI ), which specifically referred to its reporting of extensive Al-Qaida and international jihadist presence among the Syrian opposition as "bogus."MEMRI is worthless, completely and utterly. It is non-credible.
And the way this Haaretz piece is written leads me to believe the reports of ethnic cleansing are correct.
Get your head around the spin!
Homs happens to be around 30 kilometers from the border with Lebanon, which is home to a large and relatively powerful Christian community, making it a natural destination for Christian refugees -
Christian refugees? Wait a minute. Were supposed to believe no one is fleeing, but, Lebanon is a natural for Christians refugees.... fleeing persecution.
Iraqi Christians have found safety there since the 2003 invasion.Again, we are supposed to believe that the Islamic fighters backed by the west do not operate in a fashion that would cause Christians to flee, but, Lebanon is chock full of Iraqi Christians who fled the Sunni fighters.
Understandably, Christians have fled their homes amid fears of being caught in the crossfire. According to a report in Lebanon's Daily Star, some Christians have been temporarily forced out of their homes by Sunni fighters, but only because they needed space to fight government forces; further, contrary to the claims of the Al-Haqiqa report, the fighters allowed the Christians to take what they needed.This above quoted part is pure gold in terms of spin.
Understandably Christians have fled to avoid the cross-fire.
There would be no cross-fire if the Sunni (NATO) fighters had not entered the area!
Some were forced out of their homes by Sunni fighters-backed by NATO- because the "fighters needed space to fight"? Is this credible? Why did the Sunni fighters need the space to fight?
Oh yeah. Overthrowing a secular government
And they even allowed the Christians to take "what they needed"
Except for their homes and furnishings right? How nice. Really, that was so nice of the NATO backed Sunni fighters to throw the Christians out of their homes, with what they could carry.
There is more, you can read for yourself
This article seems like a desperate attempt by the Israeli spin doctors to deflect away from Christians being abused, by the NATO backed rebels. These same rebels are fully backed by Israel's government.
Israel's government, that has been complicit in the destabilization of Syria.
The killing of ordinary Syrians. The ethnic cleansing of Christians.
Therefore, the tone of the article.
I can only come to the conclusion that persecution of Christians has taken place and will continue to take place. And Israels government and their media will excuse this behaviour
One last thing, if this thought hasn't popped into your head yet..
Isn't it strange that Israels press is defending the acts of 'Islamic terrorists'??