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Persecution of Christian Arabs Needs to be Stopped

ICC Note

“The oppression of Christian Arabs by their Muslim brethren has caused thousands to flee Palestinian-controlled areas over the past decade. The U.S. and the international community need to pressure the Palestinian Authority and its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, to reverse this deplorable trend and ensure the safety and prosperity of its Christian population,”

December 12, 2007 Palestine (IRS)- With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, the town of Bethlehem , the historic birthplace of Jesus, is facing a continuing exodus of its Christian residents as a result of growing persecution by radical Muslims.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), led by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, strongly condemns the oppression of Christians in Bethlehem by Islamic extremists, which has risen sharply since Israel turned over control of the town to the Palestinian Authority in 1995. At the time of Israel ‘s withdrawal, Christians made up 62% of Bethlehem ‘s population. Today, that figure stands at approximately 15%, a historic all-time low.

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“The oppression of Christian Arabs by their Muslim brethren has caused thousands to flee Palestinian-controlled areas over the past decade. The U.S. and the international community need to pressure the Palestinian Authority and its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, to reverse this deplorable trend and ensure the safety and prosperity of its Christian population,” said Rabbi Eckstein, IFCJ President and Founder. “Through this gift, IFCJ is providing material support to the needy and saying to Bethlehem ‘s Christians that they are not forgotten – that both Jews and Christians stand with them in their time of need.”

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