Existential Threat to Christians in the Middle East

Amine Gemayel
Amine Gemayel

Amine Gemayel, former President of Lebanon, will deliver a speech entitled “Religious Pluralism in the Middle East: A Challenge to the International Community” at McGuinn Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 25.

Gemayel, who served as Lebanon’s President from 1982 to 1988, issued an early warning of possible “genocide” against Middle East Christians as the “Arab Spring” uprisings began in early 2011.

Former President Gemayel’s Boston College address comes two days before the UN Security Council meets to address the crisis of growing persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who will chair the Security Council on the 27th of March, has called on the body to take a stand against atrocities committed by jihadists who “deny that minorities have the right to exist”.

Amine Gemayel continues to serve as the leader of Lebanon’s Kataeb Party and the head of the Beit-al-Mustakbal (House of the Future) think tank.

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His appearance at Boston College is co-sponsored by Christian Solidarity International (CSI) and by Boston College’s Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literature, Political Science and Theology Departments and the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.

Gemayel’s Boston College speech is the latest in CSI’s series of talks on The Future of Religious Minorities in the Middle East.

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