As of September 14, 2018, Russian authorities’ attack on Jehovah’s Witnesses had placed 25 Witnesses in detention and 9 under house arrest, as “extremist”. In July, the first female Witness was placed in detention, setting a precedent beyond the holocaust. If convicted, some of those who have been arrested face prison terms of up to ten years.
Heavily armed police forcibly enter Witnesses’ homes, pointing guns at the heads of children and the elderly. While the government search and confiscate valuable belongings reminiscent of Hitler’s treatment of Jews in WWII, this is where the similarities with the Jews end.
On Saturday, October 27, 2018, shooting at The Tree of Life Synagogue killed eleven people and a number of others were injured. Paris darkened the Eiffel Tower to show solidarity. In Boston, religious, political, and civic leaders offered support. In Seattle, communities came together to support and stand in solidarity with the victims of the tragedy.
Now, may I ask, where’s the support of countries for the Jehovah’s Witnesses being persecuted in Russia? Where is the outrage at the injustice in Jehovah’s Witnesses’ being prosecuted for peaceful worship? Where is the American government’s sanction against the blatant human rights violations? Where is the Amnesty International that fights for the release of subversives? I’m just saying...
“For this is what Jehovah of armies says, who after being glorified has sent me to the nations that were plundering you ‘Whoever touches you touches the pupil of my eye.” (Zechariah 2:8)