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Gaza Christians an intrinsic part of Palestinian society

“If the international community does not stop Israel’s aggression against the Palestinians,” the technical director of Al-Watania [Media Agency] told me, “you will not see any Christians in Gaza within a decade.”

There are two Christian communities in Gaza – Catholic and Orthodox — but there are no precise statistics for them. Neither of the two Churches in Gaza keeps such records, but according to Tarazi there were more than 30,000 Christians in Gaza in 1948. By 1987, though, when the First Intifada started, the number was only 18,000 and it has continued to decline because of Israeli aggression against the Palestinians. By 2006 there were just 2,500 Palestinian Christians in the enclave. “Today,” said Tarazi, “there are only 800.”

According to the director of public relations at Saint Porphyrius Church in Gaza’s Old City, it is indeed the Israeli aggression which is the main reason for the declining Christian population in the besieged territory. “We are part of the Palestinian people and we are affected by everything that affects everyone else,” Kamel Ayyad pointed out. “We experience all forms suffering under the Israeli occupation like our fellow citizens. Christians who left Gaza and those who are thinking of leaving are escaping from the occupation, siege and military offensives. They are looking for stability and freedom of movement.”

Read more at Middle East Monitor

Digging up Franco is a grave attack upon Christianity

The anti-Christian government in Spain is about to desecrate the grave of former Head of State General Francisco Franco and remove his remains to a private family plot. Franco’s resting place is situated behind the high altar of the Catholic Basilica of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen. On Thursday, 23rd October, the anti-Christian powers in Spain are due to desecrate the sacrosanct property of the Church and trample all over her rights, just as they did in the years leading up to the Spanish Civil War.

In the two years leading up to the Civil War that began in 1936 until its end in 1939, more than 20,000 Christian churches were destroyed. The diabolical anti-Christian hatred unleashed in Spain persecuted, tortured and murdered tens of thousands of Christians in a targeted attack upon Christianity  Nearly 7,000 clergy and religious were cruelly murdered. The martyred include 13 bishops, 4,172 diocesan priests and seminarians, 2,364 monks and friars, and 283 nuns. The military coup, that started the Spanish Civil War proper, was partly in response to these ferocious and murderous attacks upon the Church, her clergy and religious.

In the Valle de los Caidos, the Valley of the Fallen, the basilica, and its surrounding monument, capped by a 500 foot Christian Cross, can be seen from some twenty-miles away. It is carved out of a granite mountain and erected as a symbol of reconciliation and peace, containing as it does the remains of 40,000 people from both warring sides. All their names are recorded in the monument’s register. In a similarly symbolic gesture Franco, the reactionary right-wing pro-capitalist military General, was laid to rest in the basilica next to the popular martyred Spanish nationalist leader Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera who sought social justice for the landless and oppressed and the unity of Spain based upon the social doctrines of the Church.

Interestingly, perhaps a sign of providence at work, Franco went to his eternal judgement on 20th November, the same day, but 39 years later, that Jose Antonio was martyred by the anti-Christian regime just a few months before the beginning of Spain’s Civil War.

With the removal of Franco’s remains and the desecration of the basilica, Spanish Catholics are expecting an increased wave of attacks upon what is left of Christian civilisation in Spain.

 

The genocide of Christians is “a votive offering of the West” for oil

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The secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Philippines has told a panel discussion attached to the 74th Session of United Nations General Assembly that the persecution and killing of Christians throughout the world is a “votive offering of the West” to ensure oil supplies.

Participants of the panel related that “80% of people killed because of their religious beliefs are Christian and the number of Christians hurt or displaced is on the rise.

Hungary’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Szijjarto, stressed that “In global politics, the fact that Christians are being persecuted is being ignored,” and that the Hungarian government is “fighting against the perception that Christianophobia would be the last acceptable form of discrimination.”

Since 2017, Hungary has provided $40 million to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Szijjarto said direct aid has been given to Catholic bishops eager to help Christians stay in their homes and encourage others to return from exile elsewhere.

“The bishops ask us not to invite people to settle in Europe because that contributes to fulfilling the goal of terrorist organisations to eliminate the Christian community,” he said.

Hungarian funds have been used to rebuild 1,000 homes on the Ninevah Plain in Iraq and reconstruct 33 Christian churches in Lebanon, he added. Four schools are being built in Iraq and Syria, and Hungary is covering the medical expenses of the three largest Christian hospitals in Syria.

Szijjarto said more than 50,000 Christians have either returned home or been able to stay in Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Ethiopia because of the Hungarian aid.

Ambassador Ghady El Khoury of Lebanon revealed that Christians now comprise just 5% of the population of the Middle East, down from almost 20% in the last century.

Christian towns targeted on the murderous frontline

With ferocious clashes currently taking place around Christian towns on the Hama-Idleb borders in Syria, independent journalist Vanessa Beeley reports:

“I have visited As Suqaylabiyah many times over the last year and have personally experienced a number of the attacks on the town by the HTS-dominated terrorist groups embedded in the surrounding countryside. In September 2018, Al Suqaylabiyah and the neighbouring town of Mhardeh were targeted with prohibited ground-launched cluster munitions and Grad missiles. In Mhardeh, 13 civilians were killed in the attack, another massacre that barely registered in Western reporting.

The shock that resonated throughout Al Suqaylabiyah after the deaths of four children in May 2019 was unprecedented. I visited the town about a week after the attack ……..”

Read more at MintPress News.

 

Not “hate crimes”

872 Catholic churches were desecrated in France during 2017. In comparison vandalism against 72 mosques and 28 synagogues was reported.

Between 3rd and 11th February this year, “nine Catholic churches were subject to severe vandalism, ranging from the smashing of statues and stained-glass windows to the overturning of tabernacles. One church in Yvelines, the church of Saint-Nicolas de Houilles, was vandalised three times in seven days.”

The Catholic Herald further reports that “Vandals in Catholic churches throughout the country have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, scattered or destroyed the Eucharist, burnt altar cloths and torn down crosses, among other acts of desecration of religious items.”

But throughout Europe attacks against churches and against Christians are not normally recorded as “hate crimes”.

 

No Sanctuary in UK for Persecuted Catholic

The Powers-that-Be in Britain are refusing sanctuary to Asia Bibi, the persecuted Pakistani Catholic mother of five, who was falsely accused of blasphemy by Wahhabi-Salafists in Pakistan, according to Wilson Chowdhr, of the British Pakistani Christian Association.

“I’ve been lead to believe that the UK government had concerns that her moving to the UK would cause security concerns and unrest among certain sections of the community and would also be a security threat to British embassies abroad which might be targeted by Islamist terrorists.”

Yet concerns of community “unrest” never prevented the British State from creating “certain sections of the community” in the British Isles in the first place. Nor have such concerns or “security threats to British embassies abroad” ever prevented the British State from exploiting and stealing the natural resources of ‘lesser countries’ and bombing and shooting their inhabitants to kingdom come.

The hypocrisy stinks to high Heaven.

 

 

 

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