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Pre-Recorded Church Bells For Gaza's Cowed Christians
The BBC's Katya Adler sees how Gaza's Christians are faring this holiday season. Though the bulk of the article deals with Father Manawel Musallam's politically correct comments, the final paragraphs speak volumes:
As the crowded church was belting out hallelujahs, I stepped into the church courtyard for some fresh air.
The Muslim call to prayer was beginning to echo from the myriad of mosques all around.
I thought how this reflected the situation in Gaza in Christmas 2007 - that while the muezzin were on loudspeaker, the church bells here are played from a cassette tape.
A nervous young nun adjusted the volume - loud enough to peel through the church but not to penetrate its walls - it might risk offending Muslim Gazans passing by.
UPDATE Dec. 24: See related AP coverage.
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