Muslim intimidation of the dwindling Christian populace in Jesus’ home town of Nazareth is alleged to have caused a deteriorating sense of personal security and a general “low quality of life” over the last six decades. Arab gangs are said to demand protection money from Christian merchants, while local Muslim leaders remove even signage telling of Christianity’s history in the area of Jesus’ childhood.
Even in Palestinian Authority controlled territories, such as Jesus’ birthplace of Bethlehem, Christians are the brunt of discrimination, racism and oppression. Many say that they were much better off when Israel was in full control of the so-called West Bank.
It is not just in Israel. Christians in Syria and Egypt, for example, have been forced out of their homes and their churches burned. By comparison, conditions for Orthodox and Messianic believers in Israel are described, by some, as “Paradise.”
Let us continue to pray for peace and protection for Christian believers throughout the Holy Land!