May 13, 2023

Instability in Israel could jeopardize few remaining Christians in region

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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.