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Five Christian schools are set to be closed down in Gaza as a result of a decision taken by the Hamas government. The decision is to ban coeducational institutions as a reflection of an increasing conservative Islamic value system. While the law does not specifically target Christians the only coeducational schools are the two Catholic and three Christian schools. The two Catholic schools would be forced to shut down, ending their service to more than 1,000 students.
The Arab Spring quickly turned to winter for Christians following the political rise of Islamists and increased assaults on Christians and churches. As a result, thousands of Christians have fled or are preparing to flee Egypt, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries. The Kansas City Star takes an inside look at why Christians are leaving and what the future holds.
Christians throughout the Middle East are being attacked and killed while thousands upon thousands have fled their homeland in hopes of finding a safe haven in western countries. For example, in Iran, the Revolutionary Guard has taken over the oversight of churches and has arrested scores of Christian converts from Islam. In Kuwait, the Saudi grand mufti told crowds that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches in the Arabian Peninsula.” In Gaza, Christians have allegedly been kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam. These cases are just a few of many extreme acts and threats of persecution in the Middle East that The National Interest brings to light in this revealing article.
Christians victims in Palestinian controlled Gaza Strip
US officials want to send a Muslim convert to Christianity back to West Bank. He will definitly be killed if they send him back.
In preparation for the crisis summit of Middle East bishops to be held in October, the Vatican released a 46-page document explaining the persecution Christians face throughout the Middle East.
A Christian radio station near Bethlehem that was shut-down by the Palestinian Authority, is now allowed to reopen. However, radio director, Samir Qumsieh, demands an apology before reopening, condemning the Palestinian Authority of suppressing religious expression.
But locals say Muslim intimidation, persecution is main factor
Christians are on the run throughout the Muslim dominated Middle East.
The world ignores the persecution of Christians in the Muslim world.
Difficulty continues for Christians in the West Bank and Gaza.
In the birthplace of Christianity, present fear and future uncertainty threaten populations which have praised Christ for centuries.
Even in Bethlehem, Palestinian Christians are suffering under Muslim intolerance.
Reverend Majed El Shafie, President of One Free World International (OFWI), said “between 200-300 million Christians are being persecuted in the world, 80 percent of whom lived in Muslim countries and the rest in communist and other countries.”
The American government refuses to acknowledge the medieval abuses of Christians at the hands of the Palestinian Authority.
Rami Ayyad was stabbed and shot to death in Gaza City
The new rules are being enforced on members the region’s small Christian minority as well
“Today, Christians in Bethlehem constitute less than 15 percent of the population…five or six decades ago, the Christians living in the birthplace of Jesus made up more than 70 percent of the population.”
The move by Hamas to impose Sharia law in Gaza results in violation of human rights for people of Gaza, including freedom of religion for Gaza’s Christian minorities.
"When we arrived this morning to attend holy mass, we were surprised with the desecration of the graves of the Christian dead in this cemetery. Out of the 200 graves, about 70 were destroyed and their crosses broken. This is the first time Christian property has been attacked by trouble-makers attempting to create a bad mood in society here."
Palestinian Christians continue to face persecution. According to this report, Christian graves and Christian symbols are vandalized in Jafna, a village north of Ramallah.
Arab Christians are one of the most persecuted Christians groups. Particularly following the growth of radical Islam, many Arab Christians have been forced to flee the Middle East.
This article describes the complex relations between Christians and Muslims in Palestine.
Christians in the West Bank and Gaza face persecution from Islamic extremists.
“Our life has become so sensitive, so precarious, no wonder the Christians are leaving the country.”
The number of Christians in Palestine is dwindling. The remaining Christians are faced with persecution and economic. These Christian minorities have been forgotten by the rest of the world.
The number and the influence of Christians in the Middle East is declining. The main cause for such decline is the growth of Islamic extremism in the region. Today, Christians are only 5 percent of the population of the Middle East but they were 20 percent of the population a century ago.
“With my visit I propose to confirm and encourage the Christians of the Holy Land, who must daily confront many difficulties”
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