Category: Syria


May 2014 – From the Desk of Dr. Eibner

Dear Friends, Three years ago, CSI issued a Genocide Warning for Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. At that time, few American Christian leaders were willing to address the existential crisis facing the region’s persecuted Christian communities. Yes, Popes Benedict XVI and Francis I regularly drew attention to the plight of Christians… Read more »

Metropolitan Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church: “Persecution of Christians is Unprecedented”

April 29, 2014 Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the bishop responsible for the Russian Orthodox Church’s External Relations Department, spoke extensively about the crisis of anti-Christian religious cleansing in the Middle East in a recent interview.  Christian Solidarity International urges American church leaders to speak with such courage and knowledge about the persecution of Christians in… Read more »

CSI asks President Obama for Easter Ceasefire in Syria

Easter Offensive from Syrian Rebels in Aleppo Threatens Christian Remnant WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — This Good Friday, Dr. John Eibner, the CEO of Christian Solidarity International (CSI-USA), urged President Obama to “insist” that the “Islamist allies of the United States,” Turkey, Saudi Arabia andQatar, “order their proxy military forces in Syria to observe… Read more »

Former Lebanese President Warns of “Crisis of Pluralism” in Middle East

Gemayel Says “Rise of Religious Extremists” Afflicts Entire Region ZURICH, March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Amine Gemayel, the former President of Lebanon, warned on Thursday that the Arab world is experiencing a “crisis of religious pluralism” driven by “the rise of religious extremists,” which threatens “any community which does not constitute the majority” – including… Read more »

Bassam Tibi: “‘Arab Spring’ a Catastrophe for Religious Minorities in the Middle East.”

Leading Middle East expert warns against a de-Christianization of the region ZURICH and WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire / — “The so-called Arab Spring has turned out to be a deadly winter,” Professor Bassam Tibi said in Zurich Tuesday at a lecture hosted by Christian Solidarity International.  Tibi’s lecture was entitled, “The Uprisings in the Middle… Read more »

CSI Urges President Obama to Support Religious Freedom in Syria

Eibner Presents Findings from Syria Visit WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –Today, CSI-USA’s CEO, Dr. John Eibner urged President Obama to present guarantees of the rights of Syria’s religious minorities, and religious freedom and parity for all Syrians as central tenants of his Syria policy. He added that credibility of such guarantees depended on public endorsement… Read more »

EIBNER: Preserving Syria’s ‘first freedom’

The Washington Times August 23, 2013 The horrific scenes of paralyzed children gasping for breath in vain after a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs this week prompted me to recall President Obama’s historic decision two years ago to make regime change in Syria official U.S. policy. The removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad,… Read more »

Dr. Eibner Before Congress: Syrian Religious Minorities Face Threat of “Eradication”

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Dr. John Eibner, the CEO of Christian Solidarity International (CSI-USA), testified today in a congressional hearing that the Syrian civil war “could lead to the eradication of religious minorities,” including Christians, Alawite Muslims, Shia Muslims and Druze. The hearing was a joint subcommittee hearing of the House Foreign Affairs… Read more »

Egyptian Academic: Is Syria heading towards majoritarian rule?

Professor warns of growing sectarian violence in Egypt and Syria at CSI supported conference OXFORD, England, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Mariz Tadros, an Egyptian academic based at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, spoke of worrisome processes of democratization in Syria and Egypt in a talk atOxford University on June… Read more »