Arab Spring Sending Shudders Through Christians in the Middle East
by Khaled Abu Toameh:
In his annual Christmas message to the world, Bethlehem mayor Victor Batarseh called for a comprehensive boycott of Israel, arguing that this would force the Jewish state to return to the negotiating table with the Palestinians.
“It worked with Apartheid South Africa,” Batarseh declared. “We call for boycotting Israel culturally, educationally, in sports, economics and trade. We want peace, but boycott is the only language that Israel understands.”
The mayor’s anti-Israel message came at a time when Christians throughout the Arab world — and in Bethlehem and the Gaza Strip — are facing serious threats. But of course Batarseh has chosen to bury his head in the sand and does not want to look around him and see what is happening to his fellow Christians.
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