Gaza Christian bookseller murdered

Sunday, October 07, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

The director of the Gaza Strip's only all-Christian bookstore was found stabbed to death on Sunday in what appears to have been an act of Muslim aggression.

Rami Ayyad, 31, disappeared on Saturday, following months of death threats from local Muslims, reported The Jerusalem Post.

Ayyad ran the Teacher's Bookshop, which is a ministry of the Palestinian Bible Society and the Gaza Baptist Church. Ayyad was accused by area Muslims of spreading the Gospel.

Gaza's 2,500 Christians have increasingly become a target of Muslim aggression since Hamas wrested control of Gaza last June.

Last month, an elderly Christian woman was attacked and her home robbed by a masked man who referred to her as an "infidel."

Even prior to the Hamas coup, Ayyad's bookstore and the Palestinian Bible Society headquarters were the targets of frequent attacks, including a bombing earlier this year that severely damaged the Bible Society.

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