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Israel Allows Gaza's Christians to Pray In Jerusalem

Israel Allows Gaza's Christians to Pray In Jerusalem

Thursday, 25 April, 2019 - 11:15
FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Edicule of the Tomb at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City, February 28, 2018. (Reuters)
Tel Aviv - Asharq Al-Awsat

After intervention from Western countries, the Israeli government reversed its decision and allowed Palestinian citizens in the Gaza Strip to cross the border checkpoints to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to participate in prayers on the occasion of Easter.

Israel has denied the Christians of Gaza this right without giving a convincing explanation, and rejected all demands in this regard by Christian citizens and priests.

After several officials from Europe and the United States raised this matter, Israeli authorities decided to grant 500 Palestinian Christians permits to leave, 300 of them to the West Bank and Jerusalem and 200 to Jordan.

The number of Palestinian Christians in the Gaza Strip has decreased significantly in recent years; as most of them have left abroad.

According to a report issued by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) in February 2018, 1,138 Christian Palestinians live in Gaza; they have relatives in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Israel.

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