Churches Destroyed in Israel
Gaza, October 31, 2006: Islamic militants attacked and burnt churches in Palestinian territories by throwing firebombs and poured gasoline in Palestinian territories, including an ancient church in Gaza built on 6th century. Underground Missionary of the At Anycost Jesus Mission reported.
A 170 year old church in Palestine ruled Tulkeram was completely destroyed. Its pews and ornate door turned into blackened wrecks of charcoal. Other churches were attacked in the militant hotbed of Nablus.
The gunmen opened fire and hitting the building at the St. Perfidious Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza. It is an ancient church, over 1425 years old.
There are a few thousand Christians in Gaza, but the community is in danger of disappearing because of emigration and intermarriage—and now, persecution.
Rosette Sayyegh said she was publicly insulted while shopping in Gaza and wearing a big golden cross. “An old, bearded, respectable-looking man wearing a white robe stood in front of me and said, ‘I spit on your cross,’” she sighed.
Groups such as the “Sword of Islam” and the “Lions of Monotheism” claimed responsibility, accusing the pope of leading a new Crusade against the Moslem world.
The dwindling Christian community in the Holy Land is facing a growing challenge from the Islamic militancy that is sweeping through the Palestinian territories. Christians in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and East Jerusalem are believed to number 50,000, which is about 2 percent of the population.
“The attacks on Christian institutions point to the precarious position of Christians in the Holy Land,” said Daniel Rossing, director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations.