(The accompanying vile pictures/posts are recent posts by members of Facebook group Christian Friends of Palestine, by the way.)
So it's good to come across a recent article by Robert Nicholson, who sets the record straight. He writes, inter alia:
'In 1990, Christians made up a majority of Bethlehem's residents; today they make up only 15%. Some say Israel is the reason for the decline, but then why is the Muslim population of Bethlehem growing when both sectors face the same exact set of circumstances? Jewish sovereignty does not, ipso facto, lead to Christian emigration.
Inside Israel, the Christian population has been growing steadily for decades. The decrease of Christians inside the Palestinian territories is due more to rising Islamism and bad governance by the Palestinian Authority.
The Palestinian Authority is, by its own constitution, an Islamic state that embodies the principles of shari'a, and Christians are relegated to the status of second-class citizens. It is illegal to convert from Islam to Christianity. Moreover, living as a Christian, one is constantly reminded that he or she is not a member of the majority culture.
In public, Bethlehem Christians laud their happy coexistence with their Muslim neighbors. They don't have a choice. They are hostages inside their own city.'Read the entire article here
Two more current nasties from Christian Friends of Palestine members illustrative of the antisemitism that impels many of them.
(That Bruckner dame's incorrigible.)
WCC mischief here
To quote the uploader of that trailer:
"Faithkeepers is an upcoming documentary film about the violent persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.
The film features exclusive footage and testimonials of Christians, Baha’i, Yazidis, Jews, and other minority refugees, and a historical context of the persecution in the region."