Sunday, July 29, 2012

Gaza Christians sense pressure to convert to Islam

 A Palestinian Christian holds a picture depicting Ramez al-Amash
who they claim was forced to convert to Islam, during a protest
at the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City July 17, 2012.
Credit: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustaf
Two conversions that a Christian family says were forced have strained relations between a tiny Palestinian Christian community in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip and the Muslim majority.

Hundreds of Christians have staged protests in Gaza's main church in the past week, demanding the return of members of their community of 2,500, whom they said were kidnapped by Islamist proselytizers and forced to convert to Islam.

Christians are blaming the Hamas-affiliated Palestine Scholars Association and its chairman Salem Salama, a senior member of the Islamist Hamas movement. -- Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters

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