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Egyptian convert brings fight against Muslim persecution to Jerusalem

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Egyptian convert brings fight against Muslim persecution to Jerusalem

Rev. Majed El Shafie, an Egyptian Muslim convert to Christianity and founder of the One Free World International advocacy group, is heading a group of Christian leaders, human rights activists and Canadian parliamentarians to Israel this week to raise awareness about the plight of Christians living in Muslim countries. The group reports that there are hundreds of millions of Christians in the world today who are persecuted for their faith, 80% of whom live in Muslim countries. El Shafie also noted that in 2009, 165,000 Christians were killed because of their faith. ”Hamas digs up the bodies of Christians from Christian burial sites in the Gaza Strip claiming that they pollute the earth," he claimed in advance of a lecture Monday evening at the van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. El Shafie has personal experience of Muslim persecution of Christians. Born in Cairo into a wealthy family of distinguished lawyers and judges, he converted to Evangelical Christianity and wrote a book about his experiences, as well as number of Gospel pamphlets. As a result of his publishing activities, he was arrested, imprisoned, tortured and condemned to death. He managed to escape from an Egyptian prison and hid out in the Sinai with Bedouin before escaping to Israel on a jet ski rented in the Red Sea resort of Taba. Imprisoned for over a year in Beersheva, he learned Hebrew and was eventually released into the custody of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, which arranged asylum for him in Canada. He then founded “One World” in 2004 and has been active in defending individuals being persecuted and jailed in Muslim countries for their faith. While in Jerusalem, the OFWI delegation will meet with Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon and Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat to try enlist Israel’s help in the effort to confront Muslim persecution of Christians.

 

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