Last year I had the pleasure of visiting Israel for the first time, and one of the things about my trip was that I met with many people who had suffered directly from terrorist attacks, even to the point of losing loved ones to death. I remember thinking that Israel is a land of persecuted people...from holocaust survivors to Islamic terrorists blowing up the local cafe.
Unremarked upon by the Western media, a systematic campaign of persecution is taking place in the Gaza Strip, and to a lesser extent in the West Bank. The general silence surrounding this campaign aids its perpetrators. The victims are Palestinian Christians, in particular the small Christian community of Gaza.
The perpetrators are a variety of Islamist groups, all of which are manifestations of a process of growing Islamic militancy and piety taking place across the region.
The Christian population of the Gaza Strip is small - 2,000-3,000 people. Gazan politics has long been characterized by a conservative, Islamic bent. Gaza's Christians as a result have tended toward political invisibility.
Please keep these brothers and sisters in your prayers and please also pray for peace to come to the Middle East.