Palestinian Christians

Palestinian Christians

About 200,000 Palestinian Christians currently reside in the Holy Land, descendants of some of the oldest Christian communities in the world. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Christianity's most holy site, as well as the Via Dolorosa, the route Christ is believed to have walked to his crucifixion, are located within Jerusalem’s Old City. Israel forbids Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza to enter Jerusalem without permits, which are extremely difficult to obtain. Christian Palestinians who are citizens of Israel also suffer from widespread discrimination.

“Christmas Has No Place in the Holy Land”: Far-right Israeli Leader Wants to Expel Christians… News Roundup
Ben Norton, Salon

“Christmas Has No Place in the Holy Land”: Far-right Israeli Leader Wants to Expel Christians…

“Christmas has no place in the Holy Land,” insists Benzion Gopstein, the leader of a far-right Israeli group that has indirectly received support from the government. According to Gopstein, Christians are “vampires and blood suckers” that must be expelled from Israel, the U.S.’ closest ally. “Let us remove the vampires before they once again drink our blood,” he wrote in a recent article on an ultra-Orthodox website.

on December 26, 2015
Palestinian Christians Have Got as Much Christmas Spirit as Anyone — See for Yourself News Roundup
Natasha Noman, Mic

Palestinian Christians Have Got as Much Christmas Spirit as Anyone — See for Yourself

When people think of Palestine and religion, the Muslim–Jewish conflict invariably comes to mind. But this association overlooks the 11% of Christian Palestinians who also live there — and who endure surprisingly similar prejudices to their Muslim counterparts. "Christians suffer from the same discrimination and marginalization facing the rest of the Palestinian community," the Huffington Post...

on December 24, 2015
Discrimination & Hate Crimes Against Christian Palestinians in the Holy Land Fact Sheets
IMEU

Discrimination & Hate Crimes Against Christian Palestinians in the Holy Land

Christian Palestinians who are citizens of Israel suffer from the same widespread official and unofficial discrimination that other non-Jews do, in everything from land ownership and housing to employment and family reunification rights.

on December 24, 2015
Bethlehem Celebrates Another Occupied Christmas Op-Eds & Analysis
Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah, Haaretz

Bethlehem Celebrates Another Occupied Christmas

At this holy time of the year, Bethlehem, the city of the Nativity, stands at the center of attention of the whole world. What the world might overlook as it watches is that the very city where Jesus was born celebrates yet another occupied Christmas. This year, Israel, a self-proclaimed “safe haven” for Christians, has presented to Bethlehem a few unwelcome Christmas gifts.

on December 23, 2015
Christmas in Lebanon: Palestinian Refugees Extend Hand to Syrians News Roundup
Nicholas Blanford, The Christian Science Monitor

Christmas in Lebanon: Palestinian Refugees Extend Hand to Syrians

It was nearly Christmas, and some 200 children ran and competed with one another in bright sunshine as their parents watched the playground and chatted. The hosts of this holiday event were Palestinian Christian residents of a small, cramped refugee camp clinging to a rocky hillside here overlooking the Mediterranean Sea north of Beirut.

on December 22, 2015
After 2,000 Years, Christians Disappearing From Gaza News Roundup
Matthew Vickery, USA Today

After 2,000 Years, Christians Disappearing From Gaza

Dim lighting and candles softly illuminate decorative tapestries as the smell of incense fills the air and the harmonic sound of hundreds singing in unison drifts onto a busy street next to an overflowing church on a wet and windy Sunday morning. Despite the packed pews at Gaza’s Church of St. Porphyrius just weeks before Christmas, Christianity is not booming here.

on December 20, 2015
Turmoil in Holy Land to Overshadow Christmas Celebrations News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Turmoil in Holy Land to Overshadow Christmas Celebrations

The towering Christmas tree on Bethlehem’s Manger Square has officially been lit, but this year’s festivities look set to be dampened by ongoing unrest across the Holy Land. “We cannot forget what is going on, that there are people suffering,” said Father Jamal Khader, the rector of the Latin Patriarchate, which traditionally leads Bethlehem’s Christmas celebrations. “People are losing hope in a future of peace.”

on December 6, 2015
Palestinians Protest Israeli Government’s Discrimination Against Christian Schools News Roundup
Reem Khamis Dakwar, The Huffington Post/Mondoweiss

Palestinians Protest Israeli Government’s Discrimination Against Christian Schools

Americans of all faiths and backgrounds are looking forward to Pope Francis' first visit to the United States. The Pope's humility and profound commitment to issues of global peace, social justice and the fight against global warming have made him one of the most popular religious figures in recent history.

on September 21, 2015
Striking Christian Schools Protest Outside Israeli Education Minister Bennett’s Home News Roundup
Jack Khoury, Haaretz

Striking Christian Schools Protest Outside Israeli Education Minister Bennett’s Home

Hundreds of parents and their children demonstrated opposite Education Minister Naftali Bennett's Ra'anana home in protest of government budget cuts targeting Christian schools around Israel. The protest is the latest demonstration since Israel's 47 Christian schools, which are attended by some 33,000 Arab-Israeli children, shuttered on September 1 in protest against the cuts.

on September 16, 2015