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Gaza Christians Fear Kidnappings and Forced Conversions to Islam

July 23, 2012 9:44 pm 1 comment

Arab Christians in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel the Gaza strip and Egypt. Photo: Yerevanci.

The Greek Orthodox Church in the Gaza Strip says that at least five Christians have recently been kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam. According to the Gatestone Institute, a non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank, Archbishop Alexios—the head of the Greek Church in the Gaza Strip—has come under fire from Muslim Palestinians and Hamas for speaking publicly about the issue.

Islamic groups claim that those who converted to Islam did so voluntarily, and they released a video of a young Christian man declaring that he converted voluntarily to Islam as proof. However, the Christians in the area have accused a prominent Hamas man of organizing the kidnapping and forced conversion of a Christian woman and her three daughters.

Recently, the 2,000-member Christian community in the Gaza Strip held a sit-in strike to protest the alleged forced conversions. They now fear Muslim reprisal and believe that no one from the global Christian community wants to help their cause.

“We only hear voices telling us to stay where we are and to stop making too much noise… If they continue to turn a blind eye to our tragedy, in a few months there will be no Christians left in Palestine. Today it’s happening in the Gaza Strip, tomorrow it will take place in Bethlehem,” said a Christian man in Gaza City.

1 Comment

  • Hamas play is a badly-directed one when they claim that Ramez Al-Amash and Huda with her 3 daughters converted to Islam !! why there were three jeeps full of armed persons when Ramez was brought to meet his family ??
    Out of my experience as an Ex-Counselor to the Holy Land’s Patriarchs for Inter-religious & Media Affairs for about ten years,and as a Christian Advocate & Researcher,I assure you out of documented cases that Hamas intimidates the Christians in Gaza,and that Hamas is a fundementalist organization who does not accept the Other!!and I am sending them a strong letter condemning their atrocities against the Christians under their rule which are too much to count,and threatning them to launch an international campaign against them and to reveal them among those who solidarate with them.With regret I criticize the cowardice and passiveness of the Christian World who is standing silent or careless about the holy Land’s Christians and those of the Middle East who will face harder times nowadays with what is wrongly- called “Arab Spring” which will turn into disastorous “Islamic Autumn” if not Winter !!!of course other than the nightmare of the on-going immigration .So the future is black for sure.

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