Sunday, May 24, 2009

Palestinian Christians want freedom too

I have always been proud of being a Palestinian Christian, born and raised in Bethlehem, the holiest town in all Christianity, writes Fadi Abu Sada (picture), editor-in-chief of the Palestine News Network (PNN).

Even before the start of the first intifada, when I was ten years old and before knowing about Christianity and Islam, I knew that two of my uncles were in Israeli prisons along with a couple of young guys from my neighborhood. I was very proud of them. They were in jail for resisting the occupation by reading and educating themselves.

Several figures in the Palestinian leadership are Christian as are many civil society leaders. Twenty-five thousand Palestinian Christians head non-governmental organizations, sharing their work with another 22,000 Christians, according to a survey by the World Council of Churches.

In other words, the influence of Palestinian Christians far outweighs their number, two percent of the total population. Nevertheless, the question has to be asked, why so few? What's the reason for the high rate of Christian emigration? MORE HERE

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