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July 17, 2012
Gaza: Fulfilling Caliph Umar's Vision?
A report today (7/17/12) in Haaretz highlights the ongoing plight of Gaza's tiny, fragile Christian minority. Their miniscule numbers have shrunk from a mere 3,500 to about 1,500 since Hamas seized control in 2006, dispersed among 1.7 million Gazan Palestinians, overwhelmingly traditionalist, Hamas-supporting Muslims. Briefly ignoring their dangerous vulnerability, as they verge on extinction, Gaza's beleaguered Christian minority has brought their latest predicament-forced conversions, the recrudescence of a millennial Islamic scourge upon the region's pre-Islamic, indigenous Christians-to public attention. Dozens of Gaza Christians staged a rare public protest Monday, claiming two congregants were forcibly converted to Islam and were being held against their will. The small but noisy demonstration showed the increasingly desperate situation facing the tiny minority. Protesters banged on a church bell and chanted, "With our spirit, with our blood we will sacrifice ourselves...(Read Full Post)