Thursday, February 23, 2006

Gaza's Tiny Christian Community Threatened With Violence

Palestinian Bible Society in the Gaza Strip is being threatened by Islamic extremists. If they do not close their doors and stop their ministry by February 28, the Islamic extremists say they will blow them up.

The Palestinian Bible Society has been in operation since 1999. Many of their neighbors do not want them to leave. They have tried locking their doors and keep on working, but they are told to take this seriously.

The Society is located in Gaza's center, and a pipe bomb was exploded outside the business. Nobody was hurt. Then, they tried locking the doors and working on, but were told, if they did not get out, then harm would come to them and their children.

"We are waiting for a miracle," said the Palestinian Bible Society information officer. "The Bible Society is committed to the continuation of its ministry and service to the Palestinian people, and God will see us through this crisis."

It's purely a case of Christian persecution. I think the cartoons played a big role in this," said the Bible Society's information officer. "Last week a Molotov cocktail was thrown at [a] church in Ramallah," he said.

According to the source, Hamas has offered to protect the Christians in Gaza; but with the current government not yet established, the situation is very chaotic, he said.

They are asking prayer groups every where to pray for them. Many non-Christian groups in Gaza have expressed their solidarity with the Christians.

Linked at Right Wing Nation

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2 Comments:

Michael said...

Thank you for the informationg. They will be in our prayers..

Barbara said...

Thanks, Michael. Time is running out, unless God intervenes.