Christian Pastor Flees Palestinian Town After Death Threat
By Jeremy Reynalds
West Bank/Gaza/Islam (Assist News Service) — 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.
Born in the United States , Israel Today reported that Isa Bajalia returned to his parents’ hometown of Ramallah more than 16 years ago to bring humanitarian aid and comfort to the Palestinian Arabs, as well as spread the Gospel.
But his increasingly bold missionary activity and his refusal to allow Muslim elements to encroach on his family’s property – a common abuse suffered by Palestinian Christians – resulted in a death threat.
Israel Today reported that a Ramallah municipal official who moonlights as a member of the Tanzim terrorist wing of Abbas’ Fatah movement threatened to cripple and murder Bajalia.
According to Israel Today, Bajalia told Cybercast News Service that following last month’s brutal murder of a fellow Christian in the Gaza Strip for his sharing of the Gospel, he is taking the threats very seriously.
The worried pastor first turned to the Palestinian Authority for protection, but was told by Palestinian security officials that they would only help him if he first paid $30,000.
Bajalia then relocated to Jerusalem , Israel Today reported, where he filed a complaint with the American consulate in an effort to put pressure on the Palestinian Authority to do its job and provide security to all its citizens.
After a week of waiting, Israel Today said Bajalia had received no response from American officials.