WJC’s Lauder urges world leaders to stand up for persecuted Christians

Ronald S. Lauder. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder blasted world leaders for their relative silence on the persecution of Christians.

“WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?” Lauder asked in an Aug. 19 New York Times op-ed.

Lauder criticized the demonstrations in the U.S. and Europe over Israel’s actions in Gaza against the Hamas terrorist organization, while at the same time the “barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference.” 

Comparing the Islamic State assault through the Middle East to a “Nazi-like wave of terror,” Lauder called out the United Nations, world leaders, and even celebrities and aging rock stars for their relative silence on the plight of Christians. 

“Why doesn’t the slaughter of Christians seem to activate their social antennas?” Lauder asked, in an apparent jab at the slew of celebrities who have criticized Israel’s actions in Gaza. 

As the head of one of the world’s most prominent Jewish organizations, Lauder has frequently used his platform to speak out against the persecution of Christians. In a June speech at the Israeli Christian Allies European Summit in Budapest, Hungary, Lauder expressed solidarity with Christians under threat.

“I will speak out across the globe with world leaders and with ordinary citizens, and I will tell them that we will never tolerate any kind of anti-Christian threats, just as we will not tolerate anti-Semitism,” Lauder said. “Your fight is my fight.”

Posted on August 20, 2014 .