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Sunday, October 30 2005

Sectarian tension ignored again

BethlehemThe Jerusalem Post reports that Christian-Muslim tensions in Bethlehem continue:

Yet off the record, many Christians in Bethlehem who were interviewed during the past week expressed deep concern over increased attacks by Muslims on members of their community. Moreover, most of them said that they were seriously considering moving to the US, Canada and Latin America, where many of their relatives already live….

Some Christians point a finger at the foreign media and diplomatic missions in Israel, accusing them of ignoring their predicament for "political" reasons. "Although most of the foreign journalists and diplomats are Christians, they don't seem to pay enough attention to what's happening to the Christians in Bethlehem," says Bishara, a Christian tourist guide. "They're obviously afraid of damaging their relations with the Palestinian Authority."

Palestinian culpability for the flight of Christians is a trend we’ve noted before here and here, though media coverage blames Israel. A closer look finds the PA denying religious rights to Christians.



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'Church of the Nativity'
Please start calling the above by it's correct name since time immemorial "Nativity mosque"

A good one, Dov.

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