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JERUSALEM, Jan. 11 – Following the annual report Wednesday on global persecution against Christians, by the organization Open Doors USA, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews called on global leaders and international organizations to step up their efforts to defend and protect embattled Christians worldwide.

“It is simply unacceptable that one in 12 of the world's Christians -- more than 215 million people -- face persecution simply because of their faith,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. “Whether in North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, the Palestinian territories or elsewhere, the persecution of Christians has reached near-epidemic levels. We urge world leaders and international organizations like the UN to bring this crisis to the top of their collective agenda and seek to protect endangered Christian minorities and all people of faith.”

The Fellowship, the pioneering organization in building bridges between Christians and Jews, which has raised more than $1.4 billion from supporters in North America. Latin America and Asia, has spoken out about attacks on Christians throughout the Middle East, and has aided persecuted groups such as the Coptic Christian community in Egypt.

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