November 10, 2022

Levant Christians fear: Is this the end of Middle East Christianity?

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by Hadeel Oueis, Senior Research Fellow

Minorities and human rights issues and the lack of security in the West Bank are usually ignored by human rights groups.

A few days ago, a church in the Palestinian area of Bet Sahur, near Bethlehem, was subjected to a barbaric attack and stone-throwing that targeted everyone in the church and its musical scout band that was rehearsing for the Christmas season.

The attacks that terrified the young Christians in Bet Sahur church were met with silence from the Palestinian Authority. No one was held accountable, which can encourage many stalkers to carry out actions that may amount to a collective pogrom against Christian neighborhoods, especially in light of the jihadist currents gaining popularity in the Palestinian territories where many terrorists conducted a series of stabbing attacks against Jews during the past year.

Despite all the flattery and rhetoric about Palestinian national identity and the unity between Muslims and Christians, which is mastered by…