Hamas Accused of Intimidating Christians
Church leaders said coerced into attending speech urging spread of Islam
By Aaron Klein
West Bank/Gaza/Islam (for the full story go to WorldNetDaily) Christian leaders in the Gaza Strip were intimidated into attending and expressing support for a speech yesterday in which the territory’s Hamas leader urged the worldwide spread of Islam, according to sources in Gaza ‘s Christian community.
Artinious Alexious, priest of Gaza ‘s Greek Orthodox Church, and Emanuel Salum, a Catholic leader in Gaza , were at a major speech yesterday by Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the Hamas government in Gaza and deposed prime minister of the previously Hamas-run Palestinian Authority.
Also present were hundreds of gunmen, including members of a group, Jihadia Salafiya, suspected of carrying out anti-Christian attacks in Gaza such as the lobbing of grenades last September at Alexious’ church.
Hamas banned most international media from covering the event, only allowing entry to journalists accredited by the terror group. A major theme of Haniyeh’s speech was the spread of Islamic values throughout the world, according to reporters in attendance.
Christians warned: Accept Islamic law
Sheik Abu Saqer, leader of Jihadia Salafiya, an Islamic outreach movement that recently announced the opening of a “military wing” to enforce Muslim law in Gaza , told WND in a recent interview all Christians in Gaza engaged in missionary activity will be “dealt with harshly.”