Jul 10 2017
Canon Andrew White, dubbed the “Vicar of Baghdad,” after years serving the Christians of Iraq, finds refuge in Israel, after ISIS threatened to kill him
To hear some of Israel’s antagonists speak one would think the Jewish state was hostile toward Christians. Canon Andrew White (photo above) spent years serving the Christians of Iraq, even under direct threat from radical Muslim groups, but none scared him away until the Islamic State made him their main target.
Israel Today While thousands of thousands of Christians in Iraq fled the horrors of the Islamic State, Canon Andrew White kept on going back for the sake of his people: to be with them, support them, provide and pray for them. “Things are so desperate, our people are disappearing. We have had people massacred, their heads chopped off,” White laments. His vision takes him beyond himself and concerns for his own safety.
But his outspokenness regarding the atrocities faced by Iraq’s Christians eventually earned White a spot at the top of ISIS’s “most wanted” list, and that’s when his superiors in the Church of England ordered him to get out. So he found a welcome in Israel.
Could it be that he, unlike Israel’s detractors, knows that the Jews and their army (called by many an “occupation force”) are a bulwark against the rising tide of Islam, and therefore a haven for Christians?
Even though Iraqi forces are close to driving ISIS out of Iraq, it is unlikely the Christians who have fled their homes there will be welcomed back.