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Re: Palestinian Christians

Reader comment on item: Civil War in Iraq?
in response to reader comment: The Koran and Democracy

Submitted by Bader S (Saudi Arabia), Mar 6, 2006 at 03:45

"Look at the sad state of Chrisitanity wherever Islam rules and see for yourself. Nazareth, Bethlehem are telling examples."

Once more we have people demonstrating that they have absolutely no idea what they are talking about, making incorrect and biased and prejudiced statements.

Nazareth, for your information Mr. yuval brandstetter MD, is in Israel and governed by Israelis.

So if Nazareth is in a "sad state" then blame Judaism, don't blame Islam.

And as for Bethlehem here are some more facts:

"The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the U.N. Office of the Special Coordinator for the Peace Process in the Middle East condemned Israel for imposing security measures to restrict Bethlehem's Christian and Muslim worshippers from accessing their holy sites in Jerusalem."

"Palestinian Christian mayor of Bethlehem, Hanner Nasser, talks during a press conference in the West Bank town of Bethlehem last week. Nasser blasted Israel for its "oppressive siege" of the holy city which he said was forcing Christians to leave in ever increasing numbers."

The top Roman Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land, Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah, on delivering his annual Christmas message on Tuesday expressed his sorrow, "The Israeli authorities resumed the work to complete the wall, which makes Bethlehem a big prison."

The above quotes are from -- http://www.christiantoday.com/news/middle-east/israeli.christians.praying.for.a.revival.at.christmas./244.htm

Try reading:
The UN report titled "Costs of Conflict: The Changing Face of Bethlehem "

Also try reading what Israelis have in mind for this town

"Fears of new Israeli settlement as wall closes in on Bethlehem" (http://www.hcef.org/hcef/index.cfm/mod/news/id/16/subMod/NewsView/NewsID/1450.cfm)

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