Friday, December 23, 2005

Christian in Palestine: Bethlehem

Bethlehem's Christians cling to hope

The BBC News Website's Heather Sharp speaks to Bethlehem's Palestinian Christians about the trials they face from economic hardship and political uncertainty.
People do not talk about these people enough. The vast majority of Christians in mandate-Palestine are Palestinians, pro-independence, anti-Israeli occupation. And they have the toughest position, the tightest situation, of all the communities in that area. They seem to aspire to self-determination, along with their fellow Palestinians, but with a potential future that is not as much brighter as the one the have now. Because with independence, they will have to face the same situation: being a minority among a fairly hostile majority. The one good thing, is that it will be one majority, and not two hostile groups. I wonder how it would feel to be Christian, Arab, and Palestinian...


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