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Africa North
Christians Forced To Leave Libya
2013-02-03
[Tripoli Post] Christians are being driven out of eastern Libya by Muslim fundamentalists, the Catholic Church's main clergyman in the country said.

The situation was "critical" and the "atmosphere very tense" in the Cyrenaica region, the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli said in the interview with the Vatican missionary news agency Fides.

He said two religious communities are leaving "after being pressured by fundamentalists", adding that the Apostolic Vicar of Benghazi was cautioned to take shelter ahead of a large-scale demonstration on 20 February.

"In past days, the Congregation of the Holy Family of Spoleto who had been there for nearly 100 years were forced to abandon Derna," east of the main eastern city of Benghazi, he said.

"In Barce [located between Benghazi and Derna] the Franciscan Sisters of the Child Jesus will leave their home in coming days."
Posted by:Fred

#12  Its any + all non-Islam + anti-Sunni, aka SHIA.

The fact that Syria's Govt. is in formal alliance wid Shia Iran seemingly means little or nothing to ordinary Syrian Sunnis + anti-Assad Rebels.
Posted by: JosephMendiola   2013-02-03 22:26  

#11  Apparently 'Responsibility to Protect' isn't an inclusive policy.
Posted by: Pappy   2013-02-03 20:35  

#10  my correction stands correction then :-)
Posted by: Frank G   2013-02-03 16:40  

#9  The Government of Libya rounded up and deported the Jews of Libya many years ago. They were sent by plane I believe, to Italy.
The correct term is therefore Judenrein.
Posted by: djk   2013-02-03 16:07  

#8  Judenfrei = 'free of Jews' could be
-if no Jews were ever there or
- if they were there and left on their own or
- if they left under coercion

Judenrein = cleaned of Jews would be if there were Jews and they left under coercion

In the case of Libya, the Govt claimed there was no official written coercion policy and I acknowledge that this claim is probably correct so, by their standard the correct word would be Judenfrei.

However, almost everybody acknowledges that the neighborhoods in which the Jews lived had become hostile and the Jews were getting threat and taunts frequently and that the sermons in the mosques were getting harsher and more anti-Jewish. By that, it would be Judenrein.
Posted by: lord garth   2013-02-03 14:47  

#7  Judenfrei, LG
Posted by: Frank G   2013-02-03 11:49  

#6  barbara

officially, Libya has been Judenrein since 2004 or so

in 2011 there was an attempt to repair a historic synagogue and one or two former Libyan Jews came for it but that effort ended about a week after it began and has not been restarted
Posted by: lord garth   2013-02-03 11:35  

#5  "How about the Jews of Libya"

Are any left in Libya? (Alive, I mean.)
Posted by: Barbara   2013-02-03 11:16  

#4  UNPOSSIBLE! Islam is the religion of tolerance!

(/SARC: Sorry - just couldn't say that with a straight face...)
Posted by: CrazyFool   2013-02-03 09:30  

#3  How about the Jews of Libya - how are they doing?
Posted by: Glenmore   2013-02-03 09:16  

#2  Nothin' but goodwill toward people of the book.
Posted by: Fred   2013-02-03 09:14  

#1  Well, I'm surprised!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru   2013-02-03 05:08  

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