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Lela Gilbert

Adjunct Fellow, Center for Religious Freedom

Lela Gilbert is an award-winning writer who has authored or co-authored more than sixty books. A Christian who resided in Israel for ten years, her critically acclaimed book Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner (Encounter Books, 2012) although authored by a Christian, was listed as one of the 20 best non-fiction Jewish books of 2012 by J.G. Myers in Jewish Ideas Daily.

Gilbert also co-authored Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians with Hudson Fellows Nina Shea and Paul Marshall (Thomas Nelson, 2013). She co-authored the award-winning Blind Spot: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion (Oxford University Press, 2008) with Paul Marshall and Roberta Green Ahmanson. Gilbert served as editorial director of Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide, a volume co-authored by Paul Marshall and Nina Shea (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Lela Gilbert writes op-eds and articles about discrimination and abuse against Christians, Jews and other minority groups; the intensifying global persecution of Christians, Jews and other minorities in the Middle East, Asia and Africa; and ongoing European and Islamist efforts to de-Judaize and delegitimize Israel. She is publishes in Jerusalem Post, Fox News, Religious Unplugged, World Israel News, Providence Magazine and she a wrote a weekly Faith and Freedom column for Newsmax in 2018-19.  She has also written for National Review OnlineThe Huffington PostCatholic Herald, Jewish Policy Review and other publications.

At Hudson Institute, Lela works with both the Center for Religious Freedom as well as the Center for Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World, where she co-edits the Hudson publication Current Trends in Islamist Ideology.

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Vladimir Putin Must be Tried for War Crimes

Lela Gilbert & Lt. Gen (Ret.) Jerry Boykin

Indisputable evidence of Russian war crimes has stunned the world as gruesome scenes continue to be exposed in Bucha, Ukraine—a town near Kyiv. The ...

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Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians

Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner

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Lela Gilbert was quoted in Ahval about Turkey’s foreign policy agenda and the risk it poses to religious freedom.

Lela Gilbert is quoted in the Daily Wire on the dwindling Christian population on the West Bank

Lela Gilbert quoted in Algemeiner on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Lela Gilbert quoted in National Catholic Register on the inclusion of persecuted Christians during prayer at mass

Writing in the WSJ, Senator Marco Rubio names Persecuted: The Global Assault On Christians (ThomasNelson) his “favorite book of 2013.”