Beleaguered Arab Christians are finding their position among majority Muslim populations more precarious than usual as the US and UK pursue military action in Iraq.
BCC Reporter Martin Asser reports from Madaba, Jordan:
'When Bush talks about a "crusade" against terrorism in the Middle East, this is a big problem for us. The Americans should think what they say and what they do; they must remember that there are Christians here, and what they do affects us'.
By Martin Asser, March 24, 2003, BBC News Online, Madaba, Jordan
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March 12, 20033451 readsSaddam Hussein's Middle East region is home not only to 150 million Muslims but to a minority remnant of 10 million to 12 million Christians
Their heritage extends to the biblical beginnings depicted in the Book of Acts. The new faith quickly spread to Syria, where "the disciples were for the first time called Christians" (Acts 11:26), across present-day Turkey and into Europe and points eastward.
But in modern times, Christians' status in the region has long been precarious. The Iraq situation makes matters worse.
By Richard N. Ostling, AP Religion Writer March 08, 2003
February 14, 20033376 readsA Palestinian Christian tells how Jesus changed his life: "Last year, I went to the Israeli checkpoint and gave a soldier the 'Four Spiritual Laws'. I know that the only way for there to be true peace is for Israelis and Palestinians to be totally changed by the love of Jesus Christ."
By Joel C. Rosenberg, World Magazine, Feb 22, 2003
February 04, 20033342 readsWhen Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel was growing up in Kufur Yaseef in Galilee, in what used to be Palestine, he never imagined that his Christian upbringing would prepare him to lead one of the most influential mainline denominations in America.
"I heard the cry of the Palestinian Christians asking us to pray for them and asking us to have solidarity with them to stay on the land". "We need to say to Israel, 'We love you; we support you; we support your security; but what you are doing to the people in the West Bank is wrong,'"
By Andrew J. Skerritt The Herald, Published January 31? 2003)
January 02, 20033907 reads"There are so few Christian visitors it was even possible to get a room at the last moment at Christ Church's hostel and St. Andrews Scottish Hospice, favorites of Christian tourists".
Patricia Golan writes about Christmas in the Jerusalem Baptist church. The Church gives a special tribute to Filipino workers in Israel who were part of a candlelight evening.
By Patricia Golan, Baptist Press, Dec 31, 2002
October 20, 20023995 readsA group of thirty-four youth leaders, both from Israel and Palestinian areas, traveled to Turkey for renewal, retreat and training in youth ministry and reconciliation.
This initiative was born out of Musalaha's networking within the youth ministries of the Palestinian Christian and Israeli Messianic communities, and a recognition of the need for more training in this area
by Evan Thomas, Musalaha staff and participants, Special For Come and See, Oct 18
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May 26, 20023725 reads"I was in Ramallah hours after the Israeli troops left and the day they were expected to return following a suicide bombing south of Tel Aviv".
"I was in Bethlehem during the siege and the standoff at the Church of the Nativity. I was in Palestinian East Jerusalem".
"Now, I know Israel and Palestine more fully. Do I no longer love Israel? God forbid. But I love it more realistically and responsibly.".
By Ron Brackin, ASSIST News Service, May 27, 2002
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