Christians in Gaza are beginning the celebration of Christmas as is being done throughout Occupied Palestine. The images of Christians worshipping in occupied Palestine should remind Christians everywhere that their brothers and sisters are still suffering under the Israeli occupation
By Mohammed AsadMohammed Asad, Photographer
The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal (L) leads a mass at Der Latin church ahead of Christmas in Gaza City December 20, 2015.
Although the Christian population is small in the Gaza Strip, it is small through occupied Palestine and throughout the Arab and Muslim World. There are two Catholic and three Christian schools in the Gaza Strip that students attend, most linked to the Christian community churches.
Data shows there are about 3,500 Christian Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip. They receive much support from the Muslim population, although in the past, there were efforts by the Gaza government to crack down on co-education schools where girls and boys study together.
Christians around the world and especially in America should recognize that Christians and Muslims suffer as a result of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the brutal oppression against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Bethlehem, which is occupied by Israel and surrounded by Israeli soldiers, is the birthplace of Christianity, something many Christians around the world have forgotten.
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