• September 05, 2005
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    It began as yet another "honor killing," still relatively common in the Arab world: a young Muslim woman was poisoned, allegedly by her family, over an extramarital affair. But in a twist, her lover was a Christian ? and 13 of his relatives' homes were burned by an angry mob, all Muslims from the dead woman's clan.

    The woman's family insist they were simply dispensing tribal justice. But some Christians say they were targeted because of their religion, reflecting growing worries about a rise in sectarianism after decades of tolerance between Palestinians' Muslim majority and a dwindling Christian minority.

    By LARA SUKHTIAN, Associated Press Sep 5, 2005

  • June 08, 2005
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    Senior US Christian leaders have met with the head of the Palestinian Authority following his discussions last week with President George W Bush. Their aim was to encourage further initiatives towards bridge-building in the Middle East.

    Ekklisia, June 5, 2005

  • April 09, 2005
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    A group of Palestinian Christian leaders concerned for the dramatic situation of the Christians in the land of the Holy One write an open letter to Bishops and Church Leaders around the world.

    "In contrast to 10 years ago our community now represents less than 2 percent of the population and continues to decrease at an alarming rate. This is largely due to emigration. Many Palestinian Christians are leaving as a result of the ongoing conflict"

    The Palestine Cronicle, April, 8, 2005

  • January 12, 2005
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    Bishop William Skylstad, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called the Palestinian election which was held on 9 January a "historic day" for the Palestinians.

    "The elections might mark a new day for people who are looking toward the future with hope," said Bishop Skylstad, who was in Jerusalem at the invitation of the bishops in the Holy Land for an annual meeting on the problems faced by the region's Christians.

    Catholic News Service, Jan 10, 2005

    Bishop calls Palestinian election 'historic'
  • December 22, 2004
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    Long before the death of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, Open Doors founder and author Brother Andrew began to provide training and support to churches in that region. The man who gave Arafat a Bible for his daughter's first birthday says that Christ?s love is the solution to the Middle East conflict.

    Janet Chismar, Senior Editor for Faith, Cross Walk, Nov 15, 2004

    Brother Andrew, Al Janssen Minister to Palestinian Believers
  • December 22, 2004
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    Urban Bethlehem, with a population of about 61,000, is now surrounded by nine Israeli settlements, roads restricted to Israelis, a multitude of checkpoints, 78 physical obstacles, and an Israeli barrier nearing completion on two sides of the town to protect against suicide attacks and other violence, the report said.

    The Assoicated Press, Dec 22, 2004

    U.N. report: Bethlehem is isolated town
  • November 24, 2004
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    Arafat, 75 was flown from Ramallah to a Paris hospital for treatment of an undisclosed blood disorder and was announced that he had fallen into a coma Nov. 3.

    At Ramallah's Holy Family Catholic Church, Father Ibrahim Hijazin acknowledged that one of the main concerns of Christians at the moment is how Islamic groups will react in the face of a power vacuum within the Palestinian National Authority.

    By Judith Sudilovsky, Catholic News Service, Nov 8, 2004

    As Arafat ails, some Catholics fear extremists will gain strength
  • November 24, 2004
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    Masked assailants beat the daughter of a Douglas County judge Wednesday as she and another Christian relief worker escorted Palestinian children to school in the West Bank.

    Rich Meyer, spokesman for the Hebron-based Christian Peacemaker Teams, said Jewish settlers were responsible for the attack.

    BY ERIN GRACE AND KRISTIN ZAGURSKI, WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER, Omaha, Sep 28, 2004

  • November 24, 2004
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    A group of intercessors who started praying for Bethlehem during the Intifada are calling friends to join for 40 days of prayer for the Holy Land in General and for the Bethlehem area in particular.

    The idea was birthed is the heart of Karin Boydgian and Arlette Flefel. In the email request they sent to friends, they ask to pray for "the Seperation Wall to tumble down and to be dismantled peacefully since to say that the wall merely inflicts hardship on the people is a gross understatement. There is a sense of helplessness and hopelessness that is generating a lot of anger. There is fear and uncertainty of what the future holds".

    Special for Come and See, Sep 7, 2004

    Call to Pray for Bethlehem and for Wall to tumble down
  • November 24, 2004
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    After days of relative calm, the Palestinian Authority was again hit by internal violence over the weekend, as Fatah gunmen abducted foreign workers. The three are members of a Christian charity affiliated with the Union Church in the United States.

    Khaled Abu Tomeh, Jerusalem Post, July 31, 2004