December 25, 2011, - 5:11 pm

“Tolerance”: After HAMAS Canceled Christmas; Murder of Christianity in the Muslim World

By Debbie Schlussel

Frequently, I write about the dwindling number of Christians (and increasing attacks on them by the Muslim-dominated population) throughout every country in the Middle East, except the one where they can practice freely (Israel).  It’s not just the Muslim bombing attack on Christian Church services today at two churches in Nigeria. *** UPDATE: It’s now FIVE churches bombed by Muslims in Nigeria, today for Christmas. *** The same goes for “liberated, democratic” Iraq, where, last  year, Christians were forced to cancel their Christmas, including Mass, because of violence against them by Muslims.  I’ve written about the fewer and fewer Christians in Gaza, where hatred and intolerance against them is the order of the day, and the Palestinian Authority, where, today, there are three Muslims to every one Christian in Jesus’ birthplace of Bethlehem, where Christians are persecuted and live in fear.  Christian pilgrims who go there are giving mucho dinero to Muslims if they buy food or trinkets there, as the vast majority of vendors are Muslims who support the Fatah, HAMAS, or both.  This is a business for them and they tolerate Christianity only insofar as that generates dollars for them.  On every other day and in every other part of the Palestinian Authority and Gaza, they persecute Christians, even murdering them for broadcasting Christian sermons or owning Christian bookstores.  This year, it’s been worse–no surprise, as it gets worse each year.  HAMAS canceled Christmas.


Sadly, the Christians still side against the Jews and bet on the Muslims, as recently happened when the Latin patriarch, last week, told Catholic and Greek Orthodox families to pray for the merger of HAMAS and Fatah.

When the Latin patriarch came to Gaza’s Holy Family church to celebrate Christmas mass last week, he instructed a full house of Catholic and Orthodox families to pray for reconciliation. As the archbishop, Fouad Twal, stood at the lectern in Gaza City, Fatah and Hamas leaders were meeting in Cairo attempting to mend differences that have divided the Palestinian factions for four years and rendered Gaza a besieged Islamist enclave.

Of the 1.5 million Palestinians now living in the Gaza Strip, fewer than 1,400 are Christian and those who can are leaving. The church hopes reconciliation will bring them back.

Dream on. That’s a fantasy if I ever heard one: the joinder of two Islamic terrorist groups–both of which persecute Christians–will be better for Christians? Huh?

There hasn’t been a Christmas tree in Gaza City’s main square since Hamas pushed the Palestinian Authority out of Gaza in 2007 and Christmas is no longer a public holiday.

Imad Jelda is an Orthodox Christian who runs a youth training centre in Gaza City. . . . “People here do not celebrate Christmas anymore because they are nervous,” Jelda said. “The youth in particular have a fear inside themselves.”

Karam Qubrsi, 23, and his younger brother Peter, 21, are the eldest sons in one of Gaza’s 55 remaining Catholic families. Both wear prominent wooden crucifixes. “Jesus tells me, ‘if you can’t carry my cross, you don’t belong to me,'” Peter explained. It’s a demonstration of faith that has caused him some trouble.

He describes being stopped in the street by a Hamas official who told him to remove the cross. “I told him it’s not his business and that I wouldn’t,” Peter said. After being threatened with arrest he was eventually let go, but the incident scared him.

The brightly decorated tree in the Qubrsis’ living room sits at odds with the sombre mood. Their sisters Rani, 29, and Mai, 27, left Gaza in 2007 when the 30-year-old manager of Gaza’s Bible Society bookstore, where their husbands worked, was shot dead, having been accused by radical elements of proselytising. They now live in Bethlehem.

Well, with the merger with HAMAS, they should expect their days in Bethlehem to be numbered. As I’ve noted in previous years, the Palestinian Authority–ruled by Fatah–isn’t much more hospitable to Christians and the Christians live in fear there, too.

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21 Responses

Ironically enough, the only Middle Eastern country where Christianity is growing is Israel. But since Western leftists hate Christianity as much they loathe Judaism, don’t look for Israel to be given credit for being the one refuge for Christians in an increasingly dark and inhospitable world.

NormanF on December 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Churches in Iraq were also bombed today.

But I don’t think the Muslims are doing it. How could they? After all, didn’t Obama tell us time and time and time again after each new terrorist attack that Islam is the religion of peace?

I guess, by inference, Christianity and Judaism, along with Buddhism, must be the religions of war. Yeah, maybe the Jews and Buddhists of Iraq and Nigeria blew up the churches.

Jonathan Grant on December 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    You seem to be too dumb to be an anti-semite, but maybe you should do a little reading to learn more. No Jew is interested in blowing up or harming any religion included Islam. All this is done by fanatics regardless of their religion.
    But it is true that very few people in the world take interest in this news and does something about it. If you had learned a bit you would remember some other ugly time in history that every body turned his back on the victims except a few.

    Roberto on December 25, 2011 at 8:31 pm


      English must not be your first language; otherwise, you would have understood the sarcastic, sardonic nature of my remarks. Anyone who reads my writings all over the web knows that I am a proud Jew who speaks out sharply against Islamic terrorism and those that coddle said terrorists, like Obama who constantly refers to Islam as the religion of peace. By inference, what are the other religions, religions of war?


      Jonathan E. Grant on December 25, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Debbie I still blame The Jews. I just wonder why I know so many families with two Jewish parents who are observing X-Mas on some level. I asked one guy today if he was converting for business reasons. It’s a real chillul Hashem (desecration of G-d’s name) what’s going on. .

A1 on December 25, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Seriously Debbie, those sideburns on the picture of you make you look like an Arab monkey. You should do something about it.

Rebecca on December 25, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Sense of humour by-pass syndrome strikes again, Rebecca. Did you not like Santa’s gift of the ‘chocolate hand grenade’, better you eat it all. Will make you feel real good.

    Eyes Wide Open on December 25, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Thank you for you infantile remark Rebecca. I guess you were not up to actually discussing the contents of what was posted by Debbie. Frankly, I suspect that you are just another critter from Dearborn. It is a city that is known for producing intellectual giants such as yourself. You can put your garbage bag on now, and leave the room.

    worry01 on December 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Deinition of Ad Hominem, Appealing to personal considerations rather than to logic or reason. Using argumentum ad hominem, is an attempt to negate the truth of a claim by pointing out a negative characteristic or belief of the person supporting it.[1] Ad hominem reasoning is normally described as a logical fallacy.
    Looking in the mirror you see an Arab monkey, ugly inside and ugly outside. Zero Christmas tolerance, no Christian compassion.

    Astonished on December 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Please know that I as a believer (in Yeshua(Jesus)and in Torah, keeping the commandments of Hashem, G’d of Abraham Issac and Jacob) am 100% behind Israel, the land and people. So are the thousands like me. We pray for the shalom of Jerusalem, may shalom be within your walls and prosperity within your palaces, for the sake of my brothers and my friends I say SHALOM be with you. Israel belongs to G-d and His promised seed. Shema Israel!

Vicki on December 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Pray for good weather in Iowa on January 3rd. Good weather will sink Ron Paul.

Occam's Tool on December 26, 2011 at 12:13 am

So what is the son of a muslim spouse and child abandoner doing about these atrocities? Two weeks ago, Billary lectured Egypt’s Copts against “provocation.”

And Buddhists are getting murdered in south Thailand. Hindus are murdered in India (few are left to slaughter in bangladesh and pakistan terrorist entities. And Confucians are being butchered in West China. Of course, Jews are getting it everywhere.

Politician = SCUMBAG

Ropeadope on December 26, 2011 at 12:43 am

I have a hard time shedding too many tears for besieged Christians in the ME or, soon, everywhere. They rarely supported Jewish interests, and were often hostile.

In the long-run, when Christians and “post-Christians” are being sold in the slave markets of al-Brussels, al-Rotterdam, and al-Marseilles, Israelis and Jews everywhere will have the last, quiet laugh.

adam on December 26, 2011 at 12:47 am

Of course, everybody but the Jews should suffer. I don’t know why any of you even pretend to like Christians. Oh yes, because you need the Christians to get rid of Muslims, get back the ‘holy land’ and basically do all your dirty work.

Jennifer on December 26, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Do you actually read anything here Jenny? This is not an anti-Christian site. As for dirty work, it is done in the name of Islam from Pakistan to Nigeria. Those are not places known for significant Jewish populations, and yet your Islamic friends find it necessary to eradicate even the smallest handful of Christians in those benighted lands. In short, Islam is a friend to no one other than Muslims, and an enemy to anyone else. Take your darkness elsewhere Jenny, since it is no more welcome than an outbreak of cholera.

    Worry01 on December 26, 2011 at 9:03 am

leticia olalia morales of 15501 pasadena ave #h tustin ca 92780 submitted fake documents and 5000 dollars to a person name sandman at the US embassy in manila. she also submitted fake employment records to obtain a work visa. Her husband carlos b. morales also submitted fake documents (land titles and bank statements) to obtain a tourist visa. Her son carlo iii also used such and helped 2 other people to obtain a US tourist visa.

anon on December 26, 2011 at 5:53 am

Jennifer: If Jews have learned anything over the centuries, it is that we can rely on no one but ourselves. That’s the reason for the existence of Israel. Those who would kill Jews have a much harder time of it when those Jews are gathered together in a militarily defensible way.

As Christians have discovered, if you form a minority in a Muslim-dominated country, there is no safety whatsoever. Eventually, Muslims will come to dominate many parts of the West, and the non-Muslims who live there will find themselves in the same situation as those in Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria, Malaysia, and elsewhere. At that point, perhaps they’ll come to understand why Israel exists.

adam on December 26, 2011 at 10:53 am

For the most part I never lurk or go to Lefty website because…

1) I know how they think and they are stupid and uninformed (I used to be one).

2) I don’t like to waste time with dopes when I could be learning more at sites that actually tell the truth.

But perhaps I SHOULD have frequented more because I have seen these last few months how these dumb, juvenile and uninformed Liberals are. I thought they knew more but they don’t.

And I also was surprised at the amount of venom aimed at Christians and the amount of tolerance aimed at Moooooooslims. It’s very backwards and they know NOTHING about Jihad or even what Hezbollah and Hamas are.

Articles like THIS ONE here should be posted on those sites but they will never be. They will just fume about the Evil Right Wing and their campaign against “All-American Muslim”. Those dopes don’t even know many Right wingers won’t accept the truth about Islam either.

And that is why stuff like in this post can go unnoticed and the Christians dwindle in the Muslim world. And as DS says THIS IS ISLAM and since so many in the western world are turing a blind eye, Islam is winning. It’s disgusting!

Skunky on December 26, 2011 at 11:50 am

I just hope that when B. Hussein is voted out of office this coming year that we get someone who will call out islame for what it is and take on the creeping sharia and the PC nonsense that is crippling our country.

Have you seen that the DoD has aquiesced to the muzzie demands that they should be able to wrap their heads in rags instead of the standard issue cover that EVERYBODY else wears in the military? This is absurd!! The military sets many standards for the servicemembers, why should they be treated any differently?

Jarhead on December 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm

When will the islamo-apologists in our country realize that they too will have their throats slit by the practitioners of the “Religion of peace?” Do the political panderers and their enablers in the moronmedia believe that if they “Play nice,” the tiger will eat them last? Slowly, but surely we ars being islamacized – can sharia law be far behind? CAIR is so powerful now that the Department (Of what used to be) the Army has issued an order to permit (Muslim) women in ROTC programs to wear the full hijab while on parade, etc. Remember Gen. Casey’s (In)famous statement after the terrorist shootings at Fort Hood? “I hope this incident doesn’t have a negative effect on diversity in the Army or throughout the country.” Patton, MacArthur, must be spinning in their graves. I can see it now: A Memorial Day Parade made up of (Military) women in full hijab and women sailors kissing. We are rotting from within. While our military becomes a living experiment in homosexual/muslim practices, China heads towards a 600 ship navy with orders to prepare for war. With a large navy to make “Calls” throughout their growing sphere of influence a powerful message is being sent. Just look at a map and see where China will “Show the flag.”

“In times of peace, prepare for war.” Meanwhile, the leftists in the two great democracies – the U.S. and Israel, are undermining democratic and Biblical principles.

General Guderian stated, “The future will surely triumph over the perpetual yesterday.” We must now question, what sort of future? Freedom or enslavement by an evil practiced under the guise of religion?

We live in dangerous times.

Herbster on December 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

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