West Bank and Gaza

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Dwindling of persecuted Christians in Holy Land most unreported story

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Bethlehem, at one time a majority Christian town, is now less than a third Christian. Nazareth and Jerusalem have also seen their Christian communities shrink substantially. The plight of Palestinian Christians throughout the West Bank, Gaza and areas within Israel are among the most underreported stories of Christian persecution in the Middle East.

Middle East: Can the region’s Christians survive the 21st Century?

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

“As the 21st Century enters its second decade, two millennia of Christian presence in the Middle East might be eclipsed by the end of the century,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

Muslim Genocide of Christians throughout Middle East

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Hudson New York reports that, “Christians in Arab countries are no longer being persecuted; they are now being slaughtered and driven out of their homes and lands.” The article highlights the persecution of Christians in Iraq, Egypt and the Palestinian territories.

Tens of Thousands of Muslims Coming to Christ, Says Iranian Ministry Leader

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

What Is Driving Christians Out of the Middle East?

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Christian communities in Middle East

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Mideast Catholic leaders hope synod calls attention to their problems

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

‘Peace Partner’ Ready To Make Nice with Hamas

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

In a major policy speech today, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged dialogue with rival Hamas, calling for a "new page" to be started with the terror group.

Christians In Gaza Keep Christmas Celebrations Quiet

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

In the lead up to the murder, Christians were targeted in a string of escalating attacks. And Christians and Muslims alike have been alarmed.

Persecution of Christians

Monday, December 31st, 2007

The Christmas season does not end until after the solemnity, or feast, of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus on January 13. The season is a time of hope and joy. Sadly, there is little joy among Christians suffering persecution in countries where they are a minority. . .

A Creche Without Christians: Christian Persecution in the Middle East

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

In the two millennia since the child's birth in a humble manger in Bethlehem, the good news of Christianity has spread to every continent, inspiring more followers than any other religion today. But the lands that once were the cradle of Christianity have turned distinctively inhospitable to the faith. . .

A Case Study On Religious Persecution

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Should we use our nation's influence to create a new nation dedicated to the proposition that its Christian population should be murdered and discriminated against in every conceivable way and driven into exile if they manage to survive?

Gaza Christians Observe Somber Christmas after Murder

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Ayyad was a member of the Baptist church and had received regular death threats from Muslim extremists angry over what they perceived to be his missionary activity. The bookstore was also firebombed six months before Ayyad’s death.

Christian groups in PA to disappear?

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

The ever-dwindling Christian communities living in Palestinian-run territories in the West Bank and Gaza are likely to dissipate completely within the next 15 years

Hamas Accused of Intimidating Christians

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Church leaders said coerced into attending speech urging spread of Islam

Christian Pastor Flees Palestinian Town After Death Threat

Monday, November 5th, 2007

A Palestinian-American evangelical Christian pastor fled the commonly accepted Palestinian capital of Ramallah for the safety of nearby Jerusalem this week, following increasingly hostile threats by officials within Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority. . .

Holy Land’s Only Christian TV Station to Shut Down Due To Death Threats etc

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

For over a year, however, Samir Qumsieh, director and owner of The Nativity, has reportedly been receiving death threats and intimidation. . .

Jesus Shines at Funeral for Martyred Palestinian Christian

Monday, October 29th, 2007

The motorcade carrying the body of a martyred Palestinian Christian displayed a huge cross of Christ as it wound through Gaza City - a rare constellation of light in the midst of darkness. . .

Gaza Christians fear ‘those more extreme than Hamas’

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

The kidnapping and killing of Rami Ayyad, manager of the Gaza Strip's only Christian bookstore, sent shudders through the Palestinian coastal enclave's tiny Christian community. . .

Nobel nominee works to preserve religious freedom around world

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

"We're not talking about 200 years ago," he said. "We're talking about now in the middle of Sudan there are still enslaved people."

Palestinians Crucify the Holy Land

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Sheikh Abu Saqer of the jihadist group Jihadia Salafiya announced last June: “I expect our Christian neighbors to understand the new Hamas rule means real changes. They must be ready for Islamic rule if they want to live in peace in Gaza”

Rami Ayyad Publicly Tortured Before Being Murdered for “Spreading Christianity”?

Friday, October 12th, 2007

The manager of a Christian bookstore in the Gaza Strip who was found dead last weekend was first publicly beaten and tortured by Islamic gunmen accusing him of spreading Christianity

Tributes to Murdered Palestinian Worker Rami Ayyad

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Bible Society leaders and two British bishops have paid tribute to Rami Ayyad who was killed in the Gaza Strip on Sunday morning (October 7)

Mourning and Condemnation Follows Murder of Prominent Christian in Gaza

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Hundreds of Muslims and Christians attended a memorial service Sunday (October 7) for a prominent Palestinian Christian who was found stabbed and shot on a Gaza City street earlier that day.

More on the Murder of Gaza Bookstore Manager

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

The Bible Society shop was bombed in April after previous threats, destroying most of the first floor. In February 2006, unidentified militants exploded two small pipe bombs in front of the bookshop, destroying its steel and glass doors.

Gaza Christians Nervous after Killing of Bible Bookstore Operator

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

The killing of a prominent Palestinian Christian on Sunday sent a shudder of fear through the Gaza Strip's small Christian community

Palestinian Bookshop Owner Stabbed To Death In Gaza

Monday, October 8th, 2007

A Christian brother Rami Ayyad, 31, was found stabbed to death yesterday. . .

‘Not a single Christian’ in birthplace of Christ

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Beatings, sham legal proceedings, property seizures, dismissal and replacement of elected Christian leaders, accusations of selling property to Jews and intimidation by gunmen with links to the government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have so reduced Christian populations in the cities of Jesus' birth and boyhood one community leader predicts all Christians will be gone within 15 years.

Gaza’s forgotten Christians

Monday, September 24th, 2007

"Not long ago, militants carried through on a threat to bomb the Gaza Bible Society where Massad's wife is a director. Now the church itself has been threatened."

Bethlehem Pastor Seeks Baptist Support for Palestine

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Since the 2003 U.S.-led offensive, nearly 2.2 million Iraqis have left the country. Christians, who account for only three percent of the Iraq’s population, are estimated to make up nearly half of all the refugees fleeing the country, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

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ICC is constantly monitoring the state of Christian persecution in countries around the world and looking for ways that we can act as bridge between our supporters and the persecuted church. Beyond the projects you see above, we are working in many other areas to provide practical assistance to our brothers and sisters in Christ. View our other projects page to understand more of our work and keep up to date on our current projects.