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Christian Israeli Arabs

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Submitted by Reynald de Chatillon (Australia), Feb 5, 2020 at 02:07

A very good article. However, the religious aspect has largely been overlooked. I'm not sure what the statistics are, but a significant number of Israeli Arabs are Christians, especially around Nazareth. They would not relish the prospect of living under Islamic rule. Spare a thought for the Christians of Bethlehem. According to Raymond Ibrahim in his book, Crucified Again, Christians were a majority of the population of Bethlehem in 1990. Now they are a small minority.

The persecution of Christians in the Middle East has gone largely unreported in the mainstream media. I'm not surprised that Israeli Arabs want to remain Israeli citizens,Muslims because of the higher standard of living (plus welfare benefits) and Christians because of fear of persecution.

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"a significant number of Israeli Arabs are Christian": They number less than 10 percent of Israel's Arab population and thus are not much of a factor. As you correctly note, they tend to live in the North Galilee and not in the Triangle.

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