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Christians face ‘persecution’ by Israel settlers in Jerusalem: World Council of Churches

October 3, 2023 at 8:56 pm

Fanatic Jewish settlers walk to the Al-Aqsa Mosque with Torah to pray as they stormed the Mosque during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, in Old City of Jerusalem on 17 September 2023 [Mostafa Alkharouf – Anadolu Agency]

Christians face “persecution” by illegal Israeli extremist groups amid government inaction, the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Jerusalem said on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reports.

“We feel persecution against our community and religion,” WCC coordinator in Jerusalem, Youssef Daher, told Anadolu.

There is a Jewish Israeli persecution, encouraged either by police negligence or by statements made by Israeli cabinet ministers

he added.

A video emerged on Monday of illegal Israeli settlers spitting on the ground as a group of Christians left a church in Jerusalem’s Old City.

“If the Israeli police were serious, it would not have allowed such incidents,” Daher said. “There is negligence by the [Israeli] authorities, and this encourages those extremists.”

Daher estimates the number of Palestinian Christians in Jerusalem at around 8,000.

He said Christians have documented several assaults against churches in recent months.

Churches filed complaints with the Israeli police, but nothing happened

Daher added.

East Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967, is home to several historic and holy sites for Christians, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

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