CBN Coverage: Christians in Bethlehem

JERUSALEM, Israel—Arab Christians in Bethlehem have been suffering from human rights abuses and economic hardships for years. But some are trying to bring a message of hope into their lives.

It could be described as a modern day exodus: Christians are leaving Palestinian Arab-controlled areas like Bethlehem in great numbers.

“It’s my prediction that if the remaining Christians in the West Bank and Gaza—Gaza only has maybe a thousand, two thousand Christians,” human rights lawyer Justus Weiner told CBN News. “If their needs are not addressed in 10 or 15 or at most 20 years, there won’t be any Christians in the cradle of Christianity. This will be a kind of memorial, a museum.”

Weiner said the threat of persecution, including beatings and forced marriages between Christian women and Muslim men, are some of the reasons Christians have left.

Although tourism and the economy picked up last year, uncertainty still prevails.

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