West Bank Christians pray for threatened valley

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    A handful of Palestinian Christians stand on a ridge under grey skies at an open-air mass, praying for protection for the sweeping valley that descends from their feet.

    For decades, the dwindling Christian community of Beit Jala and Bethlehem has joined its Muslim neighbours to work the land of the Cremisan Valley during the week, and picnic here with their families at the weekend.

    But the route of Israel's controversial separation barrier will soon cut them off from the valley, placing it on the Israeli side and out of their reach -- a route that residents say was designed to grab their land.

    In Bethlehem, it has dispossessed the area's once-thriving Christian community, pushing them to move overseas as their village lands are annexed to Jerusalem and eaten away by expanding settlements.

    For Ibrahim Shomali, Beit Jala's parish priest, the loss of the Cremisan will only push more of the area's shrinking Christian community overseas.

    "Families will lose their land, their work and their future for their children, what will they do? They will leave the country," he said.

    "The presence of the Christian community here in the Holy Land makes this conflict a political conflict, not a religious conflict," he said.

    Abu Eid agrees, saying Israel's ongoing seizure of land is rarely mentioned in connection with the falling number of Christians in the Holy Land.

    "When people are talking about Christians emigrating, it's important to know that one of the factors is that basically we have no land anymore."

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    Dr. Wafa Sultan, Human Rights Activist, Among "Time magazine's 100 heroes and pioneers whose power, talent or moral example is transforming our world"Wafa Sultan - The 2006 TIME 100 - TIME.

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    JEWS such destruction and desecration,but they care not..because they are JEWS tor
     
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    Who and What are you,slutfucker. tor
     
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    Fakestinians :lol:

    Former PLO Leader Zuheir Mohsen :lol:
    Shaykh Prof. Abdul Hadi Palazzi, Italian Muslim Assembly :lol:
    Guy Milliere, Eminent Professor of History and Political Science, University of Paris :lol:
    Fakestinian History :lol:

    Historian Sir Martin Gilbert, Author of 10 Books on Jewish and Middle East History :lol:
    Fakestinian Messiahs. Did you know Jesus Christ, the Jewish rabbi who taught from the Torah and observed Passover in the Jerusalem Temple, was REALLY a muslime fakestinian? :lol:

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQC0zeQFgJc]Jesus misrepresented as "Palestinian" by Mufti of the Palestinian Authority - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsJjm5K07V0]Who are the Palestinians? - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Palestinians are an invention. There are no such people in the Bible.

    The West Bank is an invention. There is no such place in the Bible.

    Judah is the ancestral land of the Jews, from which "Jew" is derived. Such as Jesus Christ the King of the Jews and the King of Israel.

    Matthew 2
     
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    THE AMENDED BASIC LAW (Palestine constitution)
    PUBLISHED IN THE OFFICIAL GAZETTE ON: MARCH 19, 2003

    TITLE TWO
    PUBLIC RIGHTS & FREEDOMS
    Article (9)
    All Palestinians are equal under the law and judiciary, without discrimination because of race, sex, color, religion, political views, or disability.

    Article (18)
    Freedom of belief, worship, and performance of religious rituals are guaranteed, provided that they do not violate public order or public morals.

    Article (19)
    Every person shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and expression, and shall have the right to publish his opinion orally, in writing, or in any form of art, or through any other form of expression, provided that it does not contradict with the provisions of law.
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fhXNzrdlN4&feature=related]PORTRAIT OF HANEEN ZOABI THE CONTROVERSIAL ARAB ISRAELI KNESSET MEMBER - YouTube[/ame]
     

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