Christians in Nazareth Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Wednesday, January 09, 2013 |  Victor Mordechai

One of the consequences of the “Arab Spring” revolutions is the ethnic cleansing of Christians in the Middle East. This could have catastrophic consequences for the 15 million Christians in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq—and even here in Israel.

In the Israeli Arab town of Nazareth, the proportion of Christians has plunged to about 40 percent, the remainder being Muslims. In other words, in two of the holiest cities of Christianity in the Holy Land, the Christians today are a depopulating minority, living in great fear of the Muslim majority in their midst.

That is the rock. And now for the hard place.

At a meeting in Nazareth with Greek Orthodox Father Jubrail (Gabriel) Naddaf and some of the Arab Christian community’s other courageous leaders, I was told that there is another problem they are dealing with: Nominal Christians from the Nazareth Communist Party have joined with Muslims to persecute Christian believers who wish to serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

The rest of this story can be read in the January 2013 issue of Israel Today Magazine.

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