ISIS moving from Christian persecution to Christian 'extermination'

(Reuters/Hani Amara.)A Libyan man checks a building used by the Islamic State fighters after it was captured by Libyan forces allied with the UN.-backed government in Sirte.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has now moved from persecuting Christians to trying to exterminate them, according to a prominent advocate for refugees.

Dr. Georgette Bennett, who founded the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, warned that ISIS is now targeting Christians as a group. The advocate, who is the daughter of Holocaust survivors, said failing to address the threat adequately could worsen the refugee crisis, Christian Today (CT) relays.

"We have now moved from Christians being persecuted to Christians being exterminated," said Bennett. "We Jews — I am a Jew — we understand something about extermination. I think we recognise a genocide when we see it."

In a conversation with CT, Bennett said Britain could create problems if it does not do more to help the persecuted Christians in Syria. She warned that not rescuing children who have not been attending school for years makes them vulnerable to radicalization.

"By leaving millions of people in limbo for years we are creating a population that has nothing left to lose," Bennett added.

In light of these dangers, Bennett called on churches to involve their members in the efforts to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Given the large population of Christians, she said there is no limit to what they can do to address the refugee crisis.

Meanwhile, activists have also warned that ISIS' acts of genocide against Christians could succeed if people continue to be indifferent to the situation. They also said the designation of genocide as the "crime of crimes" against Christians and other minorities should prompt the United States and the rest of the world to act, Crux reports.

For Carl Anderson, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, many of those who have survived the ISIS atrocities in the Middle East are now facing a "new genocide by attrition." He noted that there are many refugees who cannot secure a job or provide their family with shelter, medical care, clothing, and education.