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July 9, 2013 2:04 pm

Israeli-Arab Christians Split from Israeli-Arab Muslims to Form New Party

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Anet Haskia, an Arab IDF member, and family. Photo: Anet Haskia.

JNS.org – Amid the backdrop of tension within Israel’s Arab community over enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces, Israeli-Arab Christians are seeking to forge their own new identity apart from Israeli-Arab Muslims through the formation of their own political party.

The new party will be named Habrit Hahadashah (The New Alliance); the party’s name includes the word brit, or covenant, in reference to Christianity’s New Testament.

“The entire thing started from the fact that I wanted to get my nephew into the army and there were difficulties, they really didn’t want him to integrate. Today he is a major in a combat unit,” Bashara Shlayan, founder of the new Arab Christian party, told Israel Hayom.

Shlayan added, “We also invited priests from the church to a conference we held in Nazareth Illit. One of them is the Church patriarch, Father Gabriel Nadaf [who has drawn the ire of Arab MKs recently for encouraging Christian Arab youth to join the IDF], who preferred [our way] and said we were right.”

Shlayan said many Israeli-Arab Christians simply want to be recognized as loyal citizens.

“They [Israeli-Arab leaders] think being against Israel is Arab nationalism, that it is the manly thing. But if you oppose this way of thinking, you are a traitor. This is what needs to be changed. It’s stupidity. So I demand that we, the Christians, be recognized as loyal citizens of the state,” Shlayan said.

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  • Finally some movement in the right direction!

    For years I’ve been talking about the need to stop calling it an Arab-Israeli conflicts. It’s a Jihadist-Israeli conflict. Arab Christians are natural allies, regardless of some delusional old Arab Christians with 100+ year stereotypes of Jews.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Good standing from Arab Christians, Christian credo is love and the Jews are recognize to be special choice by God that had through them, blessed Christian’s. We are waiting for the complete salvation of the gentile that is precluding the Jews restoration and salvation.
    Israel state had been reestablish as predicted and Jesus will be accepted as the Christ and Savior.
    Arab Christian are committed to serve God-Jesus and Jews as they are his choice one in first place.They will help Israel.

  • Nessim Scialoim

    With all my backing to you guys from Nazareth Illit or not Illit. We and you are brothers and above all tolerant to those who only know hating the Yahood. Nessim

  • Zehava

    Brit in reference to New Testament? I think you mean Chumash. I’m pretty sure it’s mentioned there…. Anyways good for them.