American Christian convert flees Netherlands amid death threats
Mark A. Gabriel left Monday, April 20, after the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) advised him to leave Europe, said Jewish-Christian pastor Ben Kok, who accompanied him to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
The 51-year-old Islam critic was to have stayed till at least April 25, said Kok in a statement to BosNewsLife’s Netherlands-based news partner Manna-Vandaag.nl. It was not immediately which group or persons were responsible for the threats.
Gabriel, which is not his real name, grew up as a Muslim in Egypt. However he reportedly became dissapointed in Islam while working as a teacher and imam at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University.After he became a Christian, Gabriel fled to the United States where he received asylum. It comes amid mounting concerns about the growing influence of Muslim extremism in Europe.
American Christian Convert Flees Netherlands Amid Death Threats
BosNewsLife, April 23, 2009
Reports of growing persecution of former Muslims in the Netherlands, with some being forced to move to different cities after death threats from Muslims
Open Doors wants to provide shelters where former Muslims can find safety and spiritual support, said the founder of the organization Anne van der Bijl, known internationally as ‘Brother Andrew’. “These homes will also provide Bible studies and medical aid,” he added.
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There have also been reports of growing persecution of former Muslims in the Netherlands, with some being forced to move to different cities after death threats from Muslims, Dutch television reported earlier this week. It was not yet clear when, and if, Open Doors would launch shelters in the Netherlands.
Netherlands’ Group Launches Shelters For Ex-Muslims
BosNewsLife, October 31, 2008