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Gaza Christians protest 'forcible conversions'
Christians in predominantly Muslim Gaza stage demonstration claiming two 25-year-old community members were forcibly converted to Islam

Dozens of Christians in predominantly Muslim Gaza have staged a rare protest, claiming two members of their community were forcibly converted to Islam and are being held against their will.

 

Gaza police say the two are staying with a Muslim religious official at their request, because they fear retribution from their families for converting.

 

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Christians are a minority of about 1,500 people in Gaza, a territory with 1.7 million Muslim residents. Since the Islamic militant Hamas seized power five years ago, Christians have felt increasingly embattled but have largely kept silent.

 

Monday's protest was a rare exception. Gaza's Archbishop Alexious said the converts – a 25-year-old man and a woman with three children – should be returned to their families.

 

Forcible conversions have been unheard of in Gaza before.

 

 

 

 


פרסום ראשון: 07.17.12, 00:52
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