Arab Lutheran Bishop, Munib Younan on Finnish TV yesterday, wants the average Finn to believe that Christian Arabs are not persecuted in the WB and Gaza, really?
Efforts were under way on Sunday to calm the situation in this Christian village east of Ramallah after an attack by hundreds of Muslim men from nearby villages left many houses and vehicles torched. The incident began on Saturday night and lasted until early Sunday, when Palestinian Authority security forces interfered to disperse the attackers. Residents said several houses were looted and many families were forced to flee to Ramallah and other Christian villages, although no one was injured.
The attack on the village of 1,500 was triggered by the murder of a Muslim woman from the nearby village of Deir Jarir earlier this week. The 30-year-old woman, according to PA security sources, was apparently murdered by members of her family for having had a romance with a Christian man from Taiba.
“When her family discovered that she had been involved in a forbidden relationship with a Christian, they apparently forced her to drink poison,” said one source. “Then they buried her without reporting her death to the relevant authorities.” …
“More than 500 Muslim men, chanting Allahu akbar [God is great], attacked us at night,” said a Taiba resident. “They poured kerosene on many buildings and set them on fire. Many of the attackers broke into houses and stole furniture, jewelry and electrical appliances.”
When Arab Christians behave in a subservient role, as a “dhimmi”, like black man living in a segregated South, then there is no reason for a Muslim rampage to set things right again. These “outbursts” usually end with the offending parties being murdered. The reason why she was killed, is for the simple reason that any child resulting from that relationship would be deemed a non-Muslim. It’s ok however for a Muslim male to marry non-Muslim women, becuase it helps to decrease the non-Muslim population. Maybe Lutheran bishop Munib Younan was visiting abroad somewhere without television and radio access, or he would have known about Christianity’s most holiest of shrines being defaced by Fattah terrorists.
A priest inside told the Associated Press that only in the early days he feared the Israelis would rush the building; he later relaxed when the Greek Orthodox patriarchy assured him the Israeli army had guaranteed it would not. While early reports alleged that the IDF had broken the front door, Marc Innaro, an Italian journalist who witnessed the events, said the Palestinians had shot their way in: They shot at the doors … with machine-guns and they opened the doors and rushed inside. We were in a monastery, which is very close, 25 metres near to the Nativity Church.
After the Palestinians’ departure, the IDF was invited inside by Church officials to look for explosives or booby traps. An IDF spokesman said that 40 “explosive devices” were found in the Church compound. The IDF reported that seven Palestinians and no Israelis died in the confrontation at the Church. The Church was not seriously damaged, but cooking utensils, trash, and clothing were strewn around. The debris of the occupation, and the smells of the unsanitary conditions, lingered.
This is what Arab Muslims who run the areas under the PA’s and Hamas’ control view their minorities, their very existence as non-Muslims are an affront to their prophet. defiling a building just because no one will hold them accountable, is par for the ocurse there.
Last spring, a Bethlehem woman named Saadah Hamidan was raped and murdered by a senior Fatah/Tanzim official, Iman Ali Azmi al-Kadi, a close friend of Abdallah al-Nu’ura (Abu Hadid) one of Tanzim’s leaders in Bethlehem. Al Kadi was brought to trial. But, according to local Christian sources, the judge was bribed and the rapist was acquitted.
The Palestinian Authority appropriated lands of the Greek Orthodox Church in Bethlehem through a combination of violence, forged documents and bribes. In some cases, elements within the church cooperated with Arafat’s forces. Mosques are often built on the formerly Christian land.
The PA’s thoroughly corrupt “judicial system” adds to the persecution of the Christians in Bethlehem by simply lifting all protection. As an example, a Christian family owned a plot of land with a business center on it. When a Muslim family took possession of the building and began using it without permission, the Christian family filed a claim. After long and arduous court hearings, the Christian family’s claim was upheld. But the verdict was never enforced by police and later a new court verdict appeared, signed by the same judge, that canceled the previous verdict and ratified the Muslim’s claim to the land.
Information is difficult to gather because Christians live in a constant state of terror. But the statistics speak for themselves.
From October 2000, when Arafat’s uprising began, to November 2001 nearly 3,000 Christians fled the West Bank. Arafat has Islamicized Bethlehem and the nearby towns of Beitjalla and Beit Sakhur. An additional 30,000 Muslims have been incorporated into the area. Bethlehem, once a Christian town, now has a Christian population of 30,000 – dominated by 120,000 Muslims
The PA has begun to interfere with Jerusalem Christians:[T]he Palestinian Authority-appointed Waqf (Moslem religious property) authorities attempted to break through into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher from the adjacent al-Hanaqa Mosque. [They] decided to install a latrine on the roof of the Church. According to a May 11, 1997, report in Ha’aretz, “A Waqf internal report, written two weeks ago by the Waqf’s Jerusalem engineer, ‘Isam ‘Awad, confirms many of the Christians’ claims in the conflict that has emerged adjacent to the Holy Sepulcher Church regarding construction in the Church. The Church’s claim [is] that the Waqf has harmed the historical and architectural substance of the Holy Sepulcher, as a result of a construction addition to the courtyard of the ‘Hanaqa,’ which leans on the wall of the Holy Sepulcher and even darkens it by its height.”Israel attempted to calm down the conflict after the Churches complained and issued a work stoppage order against it, which was promptly ignored. The same Ha’aretz story reported that “The Jerusalem district archeologist in the Antiquities Authority, John Zeligman, wrote to the Waqf director, ‘Adnan Husayni, pointing out to the Waqf the damage to a site that is declared to be an antiquity and threatens to go to law if work is not halted immediately.” Finally, the illegal construction was halted due to Israeli and world pressure, but we can be certain that without such pressure the desecration would have continued.
The West Bank is hardly better. “No one city in the Holy Land is more indicative of the great exodus of Christians than Bethlehem, which fell under full Palestinian control last decade as part of the Oslo Accords,” states Weiner. This town of 30,000 is now less than 20-percent Christian, after centuries in which Christians were the majority. In the West Bank’s only all-Christian town, now called Taybeh and once known by the Biblical name Ephraim, a Muslim mob from a neighboring village torched 14 houses last September to avenge the honor of a Muslim woman allegedly impregnated by her Christian employer.Demographic decline isn’t perfectly correlated with religious repression. Lower birth rates, conversions, and some voluntary emigration also account for shrinking numbers of Christians. Israel’s barrier fence, erected relatively recently in its history in response to terrorist attacks, is a hardship and is commonly blamed for the Christian exodus from Palestine.But when the decline is so dramatic, when only the Christian and other non-Muslim populations are dwindling and when this pattern holds in country after country, the facts on the ground deserve a closer look. There we see a region-wide, steady, grinding economic, legal, and social discrimination, and political disempowerment punctuated by horrific acts of terror by social forces that governments are unable or unwilling to control. The smaller a minority in the brutally sectarian world of the Middle East, the more vulnerable it is and the more rapid its decline.
According to local reports, the gunmen today destroyed the locks on the YMCA’s entrance gates, crushed the gates, then entered the building and set it ablaze. Local fire brigades reportedly rushed to the scene and stopped the fire before it spread to neighboring buildings. The building sustained serious damage, YMCA officials said. The Qalqiliya police say they opened an investigation into the incident and will hunt down and arrest the attackers.One political source in the city told WND, “The identity of the attackers is well known to Hamas. We don’t expect the Hamas-controlled police, the Hamas city council or the Hamas Interior Ministry to do anything about this attack.” The source called the arson a “warning to YMCA’s and Christian groups in the Palestinian areas that they are not safe.” In April, WND reported major Muslim organizations in Qalqiliya, in conjunction with local mosques, the city’s Mufti and municipal leaders, sent a letter to the interior minister of the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority accusing the YMCA of missionary activities and demanding the Palestinian government immediately shut down the Christian offices. […]One Christian leader, an aide to Jerusalem’s Latin Patriarch Michel Sabah who asked his name be withheld out of fear of Muslim retaliation, called the threats against Qalqiliya’s YMCA part of a general trend of Christian persecution in Palestinian areas. “It’s been happening all over the West Bank and Gaza,” said the aide. There have been rampant reports of abuses and persecution in several West Bank towns taken over by the PA.?
So how are we to judge Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan’s statemement that “I’m being honest here when I state that we have no problems with the Muslims living around us” ? Turn a blind eye and pretend it doesn’t exist? KGS