Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Preview of Life in Palestine

The following is an excerpt which appeared in the Jerusalem Post. The full article may be viewed by clicking here.

It gives a taste of what Christians can expect not just in Gaza, but ultimately in the West Bank as well if it ever comes under the total control of the Palestinian Authority.

Gaza's Christians Fear for Their Lives: Latin Church Torched

By Khaled Abu Toameh

Christians living in Gaza City on Monday appealed to the international community to protect them against increased attacks by Muslim extremists. Many Christians said they were prepared to leave Gaza as soon as the border crossings are reopened.

The appeal came following a series of attacks on a Christian school and church in Gaza City over the past few days. Father Manuel Musalam, leader of the small Latin community in Gaza, said masked gunmen torched and looted the Rosary Sisters School and the Latin Church.

"The masked gunmen used rocket-propelled grenades to storm the main entrances of the school and church," he said. "Then they destroyed almost everything inside, including the Cross, the Holy Book, computers and other equipment."

Musalam expressed outrage over the burning of copies of the Bible, noting that the gunmen destroyed all the Crosses inside the church and school. "Those who did these awful things have no respect for Christian-Muslim relations," he said.

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