CHRISTMAS ARTICLE BY NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR AND GMU LAW PROFESSOR: “THE DARK FATE OF CHRISTIANS UNDER PALESTINIAN RULE”

December 23, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In a commentary published today by FrontPage Magazine, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, and Professor Michael I. Krauss of George Mason University School of Law discuss the fate of the ancient Christian communities which find themselves under the rule of the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority.

Taking issue with the annual Christmas message delivered this week by Bethlehem Mayor Victor Batarseh—himself a longtime “activist” with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist group who holds office thanks to the votes of radical municipal councilors from Hamas—which blamed Israel and its security fence for the troubles in the birthplace of Jesus, the essay notes not only the terrorist activity originating in Bethlehem, but also the contrast between the legal status of the Christian communities in Israel (where Christians are full-fledged citizens) and the treatment meted out to Christians in areas under Palestinian rule (where the official position of Hamas is that “Jews and Christians will not be allowed to live in a future Palestine unless they are prepared to accept dhimmi status”). Not surprisingly, the article observes, even counting East Jerusalem, today Christians make up a smaller proportion of the population in the Palestinian Authority areas than in the Jewish state.

FrontPage Magazine is the online journal of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, directed by author and civil rights activist David Horowitz.

The article by the two professors, “The Dark Fate of Christians Under Palestinian Rule,” can be accessed by clicking here.