Skip to comments.Palestinian Christians battle Israel barrier route
Posted on 04/24/2013 6:52:13 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Palestinians in this Christian village are hoping the new pope can succeed where others have failedpressing Israel to drop plans to build a stretch of its West Bank separation barrier through their picturesque valley.
Since Vatican properties are affected, residents have appealed to the Roman Catholic Church to use more of its significant influence in the Holy Land to reroute the barrier, even as local Catholic leaders hold a special protest Mass in threatened orchards each week. The Vatican has called on Israel not to seize the lands, but local Palestinian Catholics want the new pontiff to lean more heavily on Israel.
Beit Jala is a postcard-pretty Christian town of 16,000 in the overwhelmingly Muslim West Bank. Yet the village feels hemmed in. It abuts the biblical town of Bethlehem on one side. On another, barbed wire separates Beit Jala from the Jewish settlement of Har Gilo.
If the church stands with us, we would have our land. Israel is scared of the church and her voice, said Rev. (Ibrahim) Shomali.
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It was one of these self described Palestinian Christians who allegedly became a serial murder of black people in the United States (I say allegedly because I don’t know if the trial is going on and I want to be legally precise).
You are right. And being Christian they would also know that God Himself gave that land to the israelis.
I think it’s very reasonable to assume that the large majority of “Palestinian” Christians are good,decent,respectable people...just as is the case with Arab Christians in general.One would think that Israel might give them special consideration in various matters.of course the Israelis would have to be at least somewhat careful to guard against frauds.
hmmm. what could possibly go wrong?
Thanks for the detail.
Christian Arabs or Palestinians or Lebanese and their relationship with Israel is more complicated than freepers can often keep up with
Some Christian Arabs cozy with Israel.....SLA...the Gemayels...and others
Some Christian Arabs prosper in Israel
Others... one I know personally....lost their lands in 1947...
Some even took up arms.....George Habash....Wadie Haddad ...Hannah Alawari.....all Terrs
Twice as many Christians in Israel proper as in West Bank or Gaza
They used to control Lebanon till Hasemite shia and Hezbollah won out....and ruined Lebanon
Its simply not as cut and dried as many here like the world to be
I have spent much time in region ....and some in Leb in hot times
My ex FIL was leb phalange
He was allied with Saad Haddad...former head of SLA
They loved Israel and particularly Ariel Sharon