Hundreds of Christian Arab families are still here and
remain forever here
"Great Jubilee Year 2000" <HLANDJUB@palnet.com> Oct 25 2000
We were surprised this morning to read a false news-article
the "Jerusalem Post" which claimed that the "Foreign Ministry
Helps hundreds of Christian families flee PA areas" with the help
of foreign embassies such as those of England, Canada and
Cyprus". Please note that the title is different in the Internet
edition of the Jerusalem Post, and says "Hundreds of Christian
Arab families fleeing PA areas".
After checking with various concerned parties, especially
mentioned embassies and among our Christian communities, we are
confident that the mentioned report included a lot of fabricated
information. Some foreign diplomats told us that there are only
"registration" of foreign residents at their respective
consulates and embassies; some of these are Arab Christian and
Moslem families who have foreign citizenship, few of these
families left the country. But, no one reported to us any foreign
intervention to "help" Christian families to flee the Palestinian
Authorities. The immediate reaction of some of them was "I am
surprised to hear that... I don't believe it is true...and we are
only concerned on our own citizens".
We wonder also how the Israeli Foreign Ministry is helping
families to flee the PA areas while they clamp strict closure on
the territories where our people is under military siege,
refusing to grant, even the workers, the necessary permits to
enter Israel and Jerusalem looking for their daily bread.
With regard to the recent attacks by some radical individuals
Gaza on some Christian properties there, we would like to thank
the Palestinian Authority, especially President Yasser Arafat,
for the immediate solution offered to this problem, by arresting
the doers and giving immediate order to fix all damages.
We would like to highlight, once more, that the Arab
Community in the Palestinian Territories is an integral part of
the Palestinian people. It suffers with it, rejoices with it, and
shares with it the same hopes and aspirations. Therefore, the
recent Israeli rumours about getting the town of Beit Jala
involved in the recent clashes is not a coincidence, but aim to
"divide and rule" among the one Palestinian people.
We are calling upon all leaders to resume the peace negotiations,
as soon as possible, hoping to reach a just and comprehensive
agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis that will
guarantee the freedom, security and stability in our region, so
that our both peoples will "live in the beauty of peace"
Fr. Raed Abusahlia
Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
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Dear Fos-na Friends:
I spoke to Naim Ateek about this story, which appeared Wednesday in
Jerusalem Post. He and friends checked around in Bethlehem, Beit Sahour,
Beit Jala and other areas to see if there was any truth whatsoever to the
story. They could not find even a shred, and do believe it was fabricated
to create misunderstanding between the Christian and the Muslim
communities, and to mislead foreigners, particularly Americans, who seem to
be amazingly gullible.
Naim says that Palestinians, with all the troubles they are facing,
set up to counter the falsehoods that are planted with journalists. He is
hoping that more resources can be found to counter misleading stories and
to present the Palestinians as they are, with the serious problems they face.