Posted by: University of Mississippi | April 25, 2009

Palestinian Christians

The following is an excerpt from the Wikipedia article: “Palestinian Christians.”  Sources are listed below and have been verified.

In a 2006 poll of Christians in Bethlehem by the Palestinian Centre for Research and Cultural Dialogue, 90% reported having Muslim friends, 73.3% agreed that the Palestinian Authority treats Christian heritage in the city with respect and 78% attributed the ongoing exodus of Christians from Bethlehem to the Israeli travel restrictions on the area.[1]

A recent letter from Congressman Henry Hyde to President George W. Bush notes that “the Christian community is being crushed in the mill of the bitter Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” and that expanding Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are “irreversibly damaging the dwindling Christian community.” [2] [3]

After Pope Benedict XVI’s comments on Islam in September 2006, five churches, among them two Greek Orthodox churches – as such, not affiliated with either Catholicism or the Pope – were firebombed and shot at in the West Bank and Gaza. No one was hurt and no one claimed responsibility.[4] Former Palestinian Prime Minister and current Hamas leader Ismail Haniya condemned the attacks and police presence was elevated in Bethlehem, which has a sizable Christian community.[5]


1. “Americans not sure where Bethlehem is, survey shows”. Ekklesia. 20 December 2006. Retrieved on 05.07.2007. 

2. Ofer Shelah (29 May 2006). “Jesus and the Separation Fence”.,7340,L-3256347,00.html. Retrieved on 05.07.2007. 

3. Robert Novak (25 May 2006). [[Reprinted at Churches for Middle East “Plea for Palestinian Christians”]. The Washington Post. [Reprinted at Churches for Middle East Retrieved on 05.07.2007. 

4. Five churches bombed and attacked Jerusalem Post 16 September 2006 (Original link dead as of 15 January 2007, alternative link provided)

5. “Pope Apologizes for Remarks About Islam”. New York Times. 17 September 2006.

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