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April 25, 2012 10:48 am

’60 Minutes’ Under Fire for Blaming Christian Exodus on Israel

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A Catholic procession on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem (2006). Photo: Darko Tepert.

In a recent “60 Minutes” report, contributor Bob Simon said that Christian Palestinians are leaving historically Christian areas like Nazareth and Bethlehem due to Israeli security policies.

The report angered experts, including Christian groups, who say it was entirely inaccurate. “I find it incomprehensible for CBS to focus on one Christian population that is not actually shrinking and blame its troubles on the steps Israel is taking to protect itself from these same Islamic terrorists” who target Arab Christians, said David Brog, executive director of Christians United for Israel, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

“They leave out the fact that the only Christian community that is thriving is the one in Israel,” Brog said, adding that Christians are routinely persecuted in Arab countries.

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