Members“The Palestinian Church in Israel is Not Persecuted”

Evangelical Christian Arabs are a minority among the small minority of Christians living in the Holy Land.

By Peter De Bruijne |
Photo: Azar Ajaj

The public activity of Greek Orthodox Priest Gabriel Naddaf, who encourages his community to join the Israeli army, has turned the limelight on local Christians, highlighting, among other things, the tendency of the Evangelical Arab community to identify with Palestinian politics. To learn more about this minority within a minority, Israel Today’s Peter de Bruine spoke with Azar Ajaj, director of development and public relations at the Nazareth Theological College (NTC).

Israel Today: How long has the NTC existed?

Ajaj: The work started some 10 years ago, but four years ago we decided to merge with the Nazareth extension of Bethlehem Bible College. [Editor’s note: Bethlehem Bible College hosts and participates in many anti-Israel events.]

Do you have Jewish students?

No. Our target audience is Israeli Arabs or Palestinians. We have two major programs: a three-year MA program for leadership and ministry in which 14 students are currently enrolled, and a BA program in which we have 33 part- and full-time students.


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