May 13, 2023
Instability in Israel could jeopardize few remaining Christians in regionBack to All
by Hadeel Ouies, Senior Research Fellow
As a Syrian Christian who had suffered under Assad’s regime, I knew firsthand what it meant to speak out against authoritarian rulers in the Middle East.
I was imprisoned and tortured for merely expressing my disagreement with Assad’s government, and to my surprise, the community I belonged to was solidly opposed to me.
I was angry and bitter against my fellow Christians at first, but I eventually understood their unwillingness to change the existing status quo. Even though many of these authoritarian regimes had damaged Christians economically, most Levantine Christians wanted to keep the status quo.