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Sign of Christmas in Gaza – Lela Gilbert (J. Post via Daily Alert)

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Dec. 25, 2019

No Sign of Christmas in Gaza – Lela Gilbert
Out of 3,000 Christians who lived in Gaza in 2007 when Hamas seized power, no more than 700-800 remain, among 1.8 million Muslims. Gazan Christian Khalil Sayegh told me, “The Christians are suffering from the current situation in Hamas-controlled Gaza….They cannot hold government jobs. But, in addition…Christians in Gaza have to tolerate being harassed in the streets just for being Christians.”
    “While Hamas claims to protect Christians, its presence in Gaza has empowered Islamist radicals who harass Christians and even physically attack them….There have been several attempts to bomb Gazan churches.”
    I asked Khalil if there are any Christmas decorations in Gaza. He explained that a YMCA facility is decorated, but only inside the building. Otherwise there’s no sign of holiday festivity in the streets. The authorities “reject any indication of Christian celebration.” The writer is an adjunct fellow at Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom. (Jerusalem Post)

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