Christmas in Bethlehem, Nothing In Gaza
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  • Thea

    No Christmas in Gaza? Ever were there on Christmas time? A journalist from Al-Akhbar was present and reports: http://www.english.al-akhbar.com/christmas-gaza . Sure, the about 3000 Christians in Gaza face several problems, but christmas is openly celebrated in the three remaining churches and in all Christian families in the strip. The main problem, that Christian families face in Gaza over the Christmas days is the refusal of Israeli authorities, to let them celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem or Ramallah on behalf of “security reasons”. No Christian palestinian from Gaza between the age of 16-45 is allowed to leave the strip for religious reasons on Christmas time. So: Take a brief look on the above mentioned article and stop your biased articles!

    Thea (protestant christ)

  • vanderleun

    “Thoughtful Muslims object…”

    Yeah. Right. In the privacy of their own minds. Hope they don’t draw down a reckoning.

  • nadine

    Want to bet the same reporters who describe the persecution of Christians in Gaza still call the Muslim Brotherhood “moderate Islamists” and expect democratic rule in Egypt?

  • Kris

    [email protected], there certainly do exist Protestant Christians who share your misguided opinions (putting scare quotes around “security reasons” is a nice touch), but how many of them would describe themselves as “protestant christ” [sic]???

  • Dan

    I am really quite amazed at the lack of historical perspective here. You may want to do a bit of research on pre-1948 Christmas celebrations in the Holy Land, to see who are the real culprits behind the mess and chaos now reigning there.

    A hint for you: Christians, Moslems and Jews lived in relative peace with each other for centuries. Something happened in 1948 that changed all that. And if you don’t know what that was, then you should learn about it and try to understand.

  • Kris

    Good idea, [email protected], let’s apply some perspective. The Holy Land is surrounded by four countries, all with Muslim majorities.
    – Egypt. The plight of the Copts has already been covered in this blog. The Jewish population has virtually disappeared.
    – Syria. The difficulties Syrian Christians face have been covered on this blog. The Jewish population has virtually disappeared.
    – Lebanon started out with a Christian majority, but as their numbers dwindle, their position is increasingly precarious. Oh, and you’ll be shocked to learn that the Jewish population has virtually disappeared.
    – Jordan conducted complete ethnic cleansing of all of its Jewish population.

    Hmm. Sorry Dan, but I just can’t seem to figure out who the “real culprits” are. Can you provide us with further hints?

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