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Response to BudT (Reply #60)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 05:28 PM

61. Well, it cuts both ways, Bud...

If Arab Christians are not in fact leaving the West Bank, then not only is Israel vindicated, but so are the Christians' Muslim neighbours. If they're not fleeing Israel because they're not actually fleeing, then they're not fleeing their Muslim brethren, either.

And in fairness to 60 minutes, pro-Israel advocates have been running the line that Christians are leaving because of "Muslim pressure" for a long, long time.

See for example:-

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/bethlehem_exodus_jH6iVNuarsPLBceXPzHO6I

Christians are fleeing the town of Christ's birth, and the much-reported hardship that Israel inflicts on residents of the West Bank town has little to do with it. It's the same reality across the Arab world: rising Islamism pushes non-Muslims away.

Back to the exodus: Fifty years ago, Christians made up 70 percent of Bethlehem's population; today, about 15 percent.
Indeed, the Christian population of the entire West Bank -- mostly Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic, with Copts, Russian Orthodox, Armenians and others -- is dwindling.

But, again, the story's the same in Egypt, Iraq and elsewhere in the Mideast. Practically the only place in the region where the Christian population is growing is in Israel.


Now, that is just an outright lie. The Christian population has been mostly increasing in Syria and Jordan. Israel's Christian population has mostly remained steady at 2.3%.

But if Christians are leaving Bethlehem, but remaining within the West Bank, that means that they are leaving a town where the Muslim population is 85%, for an area where the Muslim population is 90%+, which doesnt make sense if they are fleeing from Muslims.

It does make sense, however, if they are leaving because of this:-

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