Problems for Egyptian Christians
Last Christmas, many Christian clerics condemned Israel for erecting barriers to protect itself from Arab terrorist bombers. This measure had the side effect of increasing the difficulty of traveling to Christian religious sites related to the holiday. Israel was anti-Christian, these officials charged, ignoring the threats to Israel and the plight of Christians in Arab Moslem lands.
Some 2,000 Coptic and Greek Orthodox Christians in Egypt have been forbidden from making a pilgrimage to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in east Jerusalem this coming Easter.Egyptian travel agents have informed their Israeli counterparts that the authorities in Cairo have decided not to allow this year's pilgrimage, Yedioth Ahronoth has learned.