• November 15, 2007
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    Facing the growing influence of Christian Zionists in the United States, the dwindling Christian minority in the Palestinian territories is making a renewed push to capture American hearts and minds

    A delegation of Palestinian Christian mayors came to Washington last week on a lobbying mission, during which they argued the Palestinian cause. It was the first such mission ever

    Nathan Guttman, WHTT Website, Nov 13, 2007

  • October 26, 2007
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    The Israeli Interior Ministry recently canceled all reentry visas for Christian Arab religious leaders who wish to travel in and out of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Haaretz has learned.

    The Interior Ministry told Haaretz yesterday that the automatic reentry visa for Arab clergy had been rescinded at the request of security officials. "The ministry, along with the security officials, is trying to coordinate means of operation that would make it easier for clergymen and women to travel."

    By Cnaan Liphshiz, Haaretz, October 26, 2007

  • October 14, 2007
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    The Bible Society issued an update few days after the martyrdom of Rami Ayyad who lead the only Christian book store in the Gaza Strip:" Heads of churches in the Jerusalem and the West Bank have asked the Palestinian Authority to investigate the matter and find the murders. The response from the Christian community has been very powerful and supportive. We also received phone calls from Messianic congregations whom have also showed their love and support at this time. We received hundreds of messages of support, condolences, and prayers”.

    Regarding people from around the world who wish to help, the press release mentions that the Bible Societies will be providing financial support for Rami’s family through their existing insurance arrangements, and will make sure that immediate financial needs are met. In addition friends have already started to collect money to supplement this, so that long term financial security for his dependants can be assured.

    Special For "Come and See", October 14, 2007

    An update - A week after the killing of Rami Ayyad
  • October 07, 2007
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    Rami Ayyad, a Palestinian Christian worker in the Bible Society bookstore in Gaza and one of the leaders of the Gaza Baptist Church was brutally killed this morning, as announced by the Palestinian Bible Society in Jerusalem.

    The press release sent by E-mail from the Bible Society said that “We do not know the exact identity of the group who did so but we know that he was martyred for his faith in Christ. Rami was the most gentle member on the team, the ever smiling one, he was the face of our Bible shop, always receiving visitors and serving them as Jesus would. He left behind him a wife, Pauline and two little children. He also left behind him a committed team of servants of the Lord. Please pray for Rami’s family, for the team and all Christ followers in Gaza. Please pray for those who think that by killing us they offer a service to God; may they come to know His love. The hour of the ultimate cost of following Christ has come!”

    Special For "Come and See", October 7, 2007

    Palestinian Christian killed for his faith in Gaza
  • August 17, 2007
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    The few reports emerging from Gaza regarding the area's tiny Christian minority indicate that Palestinian followers of Jesus are under increasing pressure to either become Muslims, submit to Islamic law or leave the Gaza Strip.

    Hamas, an Islamic group that won last year's Palestinian parliamentary elections, completed a military takeover of the Gaza Strip in June, handily defeating its rivals in Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement.

    By Ryan Jones, CNSNews.com, August 16, 2007

    Gaza Christians Living Under Growing Islamic Threat
  • June 22, 2007
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    While looting, sporadic violence, and instability still plague the newly Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, a Christian persecution group hopes that a long-established friendship between it and Hamas will keep the small Christian community relatively safe from targeted attacks.

    Open Doors, an international ministry working with persecuted Christian, said although it fears a worsening of living conditions for Gaza inhabitants, it does not think Christians will be attacked by the Islamic fundamentalist group.

    The Christian Post, June 16, 2007

    Hamas-Christian Friendship Gives Hope for Believers' Safety in Gaza
  • April 15, 2007
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    A library of a Christian association and three Internet cafes were extensively damaged in pre-dawn bomb attacks on Sunday in Gaza City, witnesses and security sources said.

    No one was wounded in the attacks, they said.

    The blast at the library, property of the Baptist church, blew off the entry doors and caused extensive damage inside, a security source said.

    Come and See, and agencies, April 16, 2007

    Bible Society library bombed in Gaza
  • February 06, 2007
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    Palestinian Authority (PA) police of the Fatah party have seized the six-story Gaza Baptist Church building as a watch point against militants supporting the governing Hamas movement. The building houses the church?s sanctuary, Gaza?s only Christian library, a guest hostel, and a mammogram clinic. Hanna Massad, pastor of Gaza Baptist Church, described the crisis as ?the worst situation we ever went through in Gaza,? more serious even than Israeli invasions. Frightened Gazans remain in their homes. Massad told Open Doors Sunday morning that early worship services had been cancelled.

    Open Doors Press Release, Feb 5, 2007

  • December 08, 2006
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    After six months, the family of Rev. Hanna Masaad is back together in Gaza. Finally, Hanna, Suhad, Joyce and Jolene are home, preparing for the Christmas service at Gaza Baptist Church, the only Evangelical church in the Gaza Strip.

    On the other hand, November 12 was a memorable day for Gaza Baptist Church as it proudly opened a new building for the only Christian public library in Gaza.

    Come and See, Open Doors Web site, Dec 7, 2006

    Masaad family back in Gaza
  • December 05, 2006
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    The plan of the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to renovate and upgrade nine private schools in the West Bank was recently approved for funding by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This initiative follows the redirection of aid for IOCC's prior rehabilitation of public schools after elections brought new leadership to the Palestinian Authority. It is the first time that U.S. government funding will go towards faith-based schools in the Holy Land. Nora Kort, IOCC's Head of Office in Jerusalem, talks about how this new program will bring hope and opportunity to all children in the embattled West Bank

    International Orthodox Christian Charities Website, Dec 5, 2006