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Christian Population in Israel Grew by 1.4% in 2020

By Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency
- 17 Tevet 5782 – December 21, 2021
In 2020, the Christian population in Israel grew by 1.4%, the Central Bureau for Statistics showed in a special report published Tuesday ahead of the New Year holidays.
The growth rate of the Christian population in Israel over the years is constant and is always on the rise, the numbers show. For comparison, the growth rate in the Jewish population was 1.5% and in the Muslim population 2.2%.

These statistics in a flourishing Christian community in Israel stand in contrast to recent allegations presented by the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem about a threat to their existence in the Holy Land.
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/christian-population-in-israel-grew-by-1-4-in-2020/2021/12/21/

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Jerusalem Churches Launch Christmas Blood Libel Claiming They Are Persecuted by Jews -
David Israel, Dec 21, 2021
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/global/uk/jerusalem-churches-launch-christmas-blood-libel-claiming-they-are-persecuted-by-jews/2021/12/21/

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'Outrageous, False, Dangerous': Israel Rejects Accusations of Religious Discrimination in Entry to Country

By TPS / Tazpit News Agency.
15 Tevet 5782 – December 19, 2021

Israel issued a stern statement rejecting and condemning the accusations of any religious discrimination regarding the granting of entry permits into Israel, following allegations by Christian groups on the subject.
Wadie Abu Nassar, advisor and media spokesperson of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, claimed Wednesday that Israel was discriminating against Christian pilgrims and banning their entry into the country while admitting Jewish visitors.

"These unfounded allegations of discriminatory conduct are outrageous, false, and dangerous. We expect religious leaders to not engage in and promote the baseless discourse of hatred and incitement that only serve to add fuel to the fire of antisemitism and can lead to violence and cause harm to innocent people," the Foreign Ministry stated.
The ministry explained that the renewed outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Israel and the new Omicron variant has "led to a change in the regulations and procedures regarding entry to Israel, just as many other countries have done. These changes, unfortunately, include a ban on tourists entering the country."
The Exceptions Committee, which discusses special entry requests, has issued numerous permits, to both Jews and Christians. Some of the approved requests were those that came from the church authorities in Israel, including permits for priests to enter the country for the upcoming Christian holidays, the ministry noted.
Israel "prides itself in its ardent devotion to safeguarding and promoting freedom of religion and worship for members of all religions and denominations in the country."
"Israel has an open-door policy that allows church leaders to discuss with relevant government officials and authorities a variety of issues, including preparations for Christmas," and is "currently involved in special preparations for Christmas and its surrounding events and ceremonies in order to enable access to holy places for worshippers while ensuring their health and safety," the statement read.
"We expect religious leaders to renounce hate speech and invite them to continue the regular and fruitful dialogue with the Israeli government," the Ministry concluded.
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/outrageous-false-dangerous-israel-rejects-accusations-of-religious-discrimination-in-entry-to-country/2021/12/19/

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