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A Leading Rabbi in the Fight against Anti-Semitism Now Probes Persecution of Christians

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For decades, Rabbi Abraham Cooper has fought anti-Semitism through his work at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and that fight is continuing. Recently, though, he was also asked to join the fight against religious persecution around the globe as Vice Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom or USCIRF. 

Cooper said he didn’t know much about the organization, which is mandated by Congress, but he attended one of their hearings about five years ago.

“I heard the pleas of Nigerian Christians, that just spoke to my heart,” Cooper told CBN News. He later went to Nigeria just before COVID with Pastor Johnny Moore and they wrote a book about it,called The Next Jihad:  Stop the Christian Genocide in Africa.

The work of the group includes looking at persecution in 27 countries including China, North Korea, Iran, Nigeria, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. It also includes persecution of Muslims, Hindus, Jews and Christians.

“Unfortunately, leading the pack among religious minorities suffering the most are Christians around the world, starting with China,” Cooper said.

“If you have a regime that weaponizes religion or throws people in jail or worse because they look a little bit different and they pray differently, those are not regimes that the United States should be calling allies,” he said.

To see more of the interview with Rabbi Cooper click above.

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Julie Stahl

Julie Stahl is a correspondent for CBN News in the Middle East. A Hebrew speaker, she has been covering news in Israel fulltime for more than 20 years. Julie’s life as a journalist has been intertwined with CBN – first as a graduate student in Journalism; then as a journalist with Middle East Television (METV) when it was owned by CBN from 1989-91; and now with the Middle East Bureau of CBN News in Jerusalem since 2009. As a correspondent for CBN News, Julie has covered Israel’s wars with Gaza, rocket attacks on Israeli communities, stories on the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and