Friday, September 09, 2005


Christians, Heed Your Brothers Calls!

We have long heard the lies about how the Israeli's are supposedly building on land which isn't theirs. What we never hear in the mainstream media is how the Arabs have long been building illegally on land that isn't theirs. I'm not just talking about empty land here, this is far more sinister :

Christians in the Holy Land have handed a dossier detailing incidents of violence and intimidation by Muslim extremists to Church leaders in Jerusalem, one of whom said it was time for Christians to "raise our voices" against the sectarian violence.

The dossier includes 93 alleged incidents of abuse by an "Islamic fundamentalist mafia" against Palestinian Christians, who accused the Palestinian Authority of doing nothing to stop the attacks.

The dossier also includes a list of 140 cases of apparent land theft, in which Christians in the West Bank were allegedly forced off their land by gangs backed by corrupt judicial officials.

But he said that the Christian community was faced with "very brutal" adversaries. "A criminal mafia and Islamic fundamentalists work together," he said. "Their interests met to take our land away." He said that one man had lost his finger in one land dispute which turned violent and that a group had attacked and injured a Greek orthodox monk at a 5th century monastery outside Bethlehem.

The dossier currently in Church hands details far worse allegations of violence, notably the torture and murder of two Christian girls in 2003 after they were deemed prostitutes. A post mortem examination reportedly proved they were virgins.

They add that increasingly entrenched Islamic extremism has driven a wedge between the communities, especially over women's dress and freedom of expression.

Several Christians tell the story of a moderate Muslim imam in Bethlehem's biggest mosque, who was repeatedly threatened after giving a sermon calling for an end to the anti-Christian discrimination and land grabs.

Last weekend, the Christian village of Taybeh was ransacked and burned by a Muslim mob, incensed that a boy there had been seeing a girl from their neighbouring village of Deir Jarir.

"I am pessimistic about our future as Christians here," said Mr Qumsieh, adding that Christians now form about two per cent of the population of the Holy Land, down from almost 20 per cent 60 years ago.


So for years, we have been hearing about how the "palestinian" Christians get on with the Muslim population without a problem. If you havn't realised by now, that is an outright lie. Christians have been long persecuted by the muslim majority in Gaza and Judea/Samaria ("the west bank"). It's about time Christian leaders in the west bring this issue to the surface and not brush it under the carpet in order to appease the non-appeasable world Muslim population. If they don't, we will see another ancient community, ethnically cleansed by Arab Muslims.

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