Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Plight of Palestinian Christians

Christians have shrunk to less than 1.7 percent of the population in the Palestinian areas. “Tens of thousands have abandoned their holy sites and ancestral properties to live abroad, while those who remain do so as a beleaguered and dwindling minority,"

"Their plight is, in part, attributable to the adoption of Muslim religious law (sharia) in the constitution of the Palestinian Authority.

The radicalization of Palestinian Muslim communities under the PA is becoming an increasingly dangerous threat to Christian communities, to individuals, and to the mode of life they practice. The reversion to archaic and fundamentalist ideology advocated by Islamists, aggravated by economic and social hardship experienced by Middle Eastern societies in recent years, has been an instrumental force that has not only affected life for those who continue to reside in the Middle East but also directly caused high emigration rates among Middle Eastern Christians.

Not only is the Palestinian Christian community facing an existential threat, but, even more significantly, their status as a persecuted minority is ignored by the international community.

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