Sunday, May 3, 2009

Christians in Israel and Palestine between hammer and anvil

More than 170,000 Arab-Christians live in Israel and the Palestinian territories, divided into 13 denominations. Over 120,000 of them live in Israel, around 50,000 in the West Bank, and another 1,000 in the Gaza Strip - and according to at least one expert, they are in a 'precarious position'.

In Israel itself, says Daniel Rossing, Director of the Jerusalem Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations (JCJCR), they find themselves forced to live as a minority within a minority, a reversal of the usual Christian-Jewish demographics.

In the West Bank and especially Gaza Strip, Arab Christians have to 'walk a tightrope' with the local Muslim fundamentalists, notably the Islamic Hamas movement, which administers the Gaza Strip.

'Protesting Hamas actions toward them can be suicidal. Protesting against Israel can be far more effective, but it creates a skewed picture,' Rossing notes. MORE HERE

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