Monday 23 April 2018

Seanad's silent on Syria but Israel's there for the kicking

Residents run in a damaged site due to what activists claim was from shelling by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at a market in central Duma in the eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus
Residents run in a damaged site due to what activists claim was from shelling by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at a market in central Duma in the eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus
Smoke from Israeli strikes rises over Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip. AP Photo
Eamon Delaney

Eamon Delaney

Right now, thousands of Christians are being driven out of Iraq and Syria and from places where they have lived for almost 2,000 years.

In the Iraqi city of Mosul, Islamic extremists have taken the property of Christians and forced them to either convert to Islam, flee or be killed. In Syria, Christians have been crucified by black-clad militants; while in Nigeria, churches have been burned and worshippers killed.

But you don't hear much protest about all this in Ireland, which is odd given that we used to be a predominantly Christian country that spoke up for the persecution of others. But those days seem to be gone. You certainly won't be hearing a special Seanad debate about it.

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