Gaza’s Christians stand their ground despite heavy bombardment

Author: Ahmad Abu Amer

Publication Date: 28/10/2023

Source: Al-Monitor

Churches have become the latest victim of the indiscriminate Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip since Oct. 7, leaving no safe place for the besieged Gaza population.

Twenty Palestinians, including 18 Christians, were killed in an Israeli airstrike Oct. 19 on a building near the St. Porphyrius Greek Orthodox Church in the south of Gaza City, according to the Hamas-run government media office in Gaza and other local sources.

The shelling brought down one of the buildings in the church’s complex where hundreds of displaced have been sheltered since Israel ordered more than 1 million people to move from Gaza’s northern part to the south ahead of its planned ground invasion.

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Alarming decrease in Christian population in Gozarto Region, Syria, amidst challenging circumstances

Publication Date: 16/8/2023

Source: Syriac Press

The Christian community in Gozarto (Jazira) Region, North and East Syria, has experienced a concerning decline due to the compounding effects of challenging socioeconomic conditions and prolonged conflict, which have forced many to emigrate.

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‘We were baptised here and we will die here’: Gaza’s oldest church bombed

Author: Ylenia Gostoli and Abdelhakim Abu Riash

Publication Date: 20/10/2023

Source: Al-Jazeera

 At least 18 dead after Israeli air strike hit Greek Orthodox church in Gaza City which served as shelter for displaced.

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Iran targets minorities one year after Mahsa Amini’s death, 69 Christians arrested

Publication Date: 11/8/2023

Source: Asia News

Iran arrested scores of Christians, mostly converts from Islam but also some Assyrian-Chaldeans baptised as children, over a seven-week period in June and July in 11 different cities of the country, this according to Article18, a human rights organisation that advocates on behalf of Iranian Christians and religious freedom.

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Jewish extremist attacks on Christians in Palestine are a symptom of Israel's government

Author: Daoud Kuttab

Publication Date: 15/8/2023

Source: The New Arab

One of the most toxic mixes in the world is the combination of religious fanaticism with extreme nationalism. In short, this has been the major problem that has caused the continued denial of the rights of the Palestinian people living on their land.

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‘Hijab enforcers’ and further arrests in Iran

Publication Date: 15/8/2023

Source: Open Doors

There is a fresh and aggressive crackdown on Christians in Iran, with increasing arrests and 'hijab enforcers'.

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Anti-Christian violence in Israel spreads from Jerusalem to Haifa

Author: Rina Bassist

Publication Date: 10/8/2023

Source: Al Monitor

Israeli President Isaac Herzog visited the Stella Maris monastery in Haifa on Wednesday to express solidarity with the local Christian community in light of repeated attacks at the site by Jewish ultra-Orthodox extremists.

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Syrian Bishops Plea for an End to EU Sanctions

Author: Thomas O'Reilly

Publication Date: 1/8/2023

Source: The European Conservative

Senior figures within the Catholic Church in Syria have called for the termination of EU and Western sanctions against Syria saying that the restrictions have had a disproportionate impact on the country’s Christian community while leaving the ruling Assad regime relatively unscathed.

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Christian exodus from Israel? Ministry aims to solve visa crisis

Publication Date: 22/8/2023

Source: The Jerusalem Post

The chief of staff of the Population and Immigration Authority has reached out to the lawyer representing the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ) to inform him that a review of the visa policy that has banned permanent staff from entering Israel is underway, and an understanding will be reached soon.

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Young people in Syria, Lebanon, to mark WYD at home

Publication Date: 24/7/2023

Source: Crux Now

With just under two weeks to go until World Youth Day celebrations begin in Lisbon, Portugal, young people from every corner of the globe are making final preparations ahead of their departure.

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