Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Why are Christians leaving Bethlehem?

Though Bethlehem is enjoying unprecedented financial and tourism growth, the city's Christian residents are emigrating abroad in droves • Cultural and religious suffocation in a mostly Muslim city, persecution and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are only some of the reasons • Christians feel like they are trapped in a cultural and religious ghetto.

"A religious ghetto." Christian clergymen attending a rally in Bethlehem.
Photo credit: Reuters

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