Human Nature Review 2003 Volume 3: 36-37 ( 18 January )
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
From Professor Abe W. Ata
Exodus of the Palestinian Christians
The Palestinian Christian is an endangered species. When the modern state of
Israel was established there were about 400000 of us. Two years ago the number
was down to 80000. Now it's down to 60000. At that rate, in a few years there
will be none of us left.
Palestinian Christians within Israel fare little better. On the face of it,
their number has grown by 20000 since 1991. But this is misleading, for the
census classification 'Christian' includes some 20000 recent non-Arab migrants
from the former Soviet Union.
So why are Palestinian Christians abandoning their homeland?
We have lost hope, that's why. We are treated as non-people. Few outside the
Middle East even know we exist, and those who do, conveniently forget.
I refer, of course, to the American Religious Right. They see the modern Israel
as a harbinger of the Second Coming, at which time Christians will go to
Paradise, and all others (presumably including Jews) to Hell. To this end they
lend military and moral support to Israel.
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