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Palestinian Authority: Several Christians Injured in Attack on Greek Orthodox Church near Bethlehem

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“Christian leaders condemn attack on church near Bethlehem,” by Khaled Abu Toameh, Jerusalem Post, October 29, 2022:

Church leaders on Saturday condemned an attack on the Orthodox church in Beit Sahur, near Bethlehem, and called on the Palestinian Authority to bring the assailants to trial.

During the attack, which took place on Friday night, dozens of Muslim men hurled stones at the church, injuring a number of people.

The church is affiliated with the Jerusalem Patriarchate and managed by the congregation in Beit Sahur.

In a statement, the church leaders said the attack came after a “quarrel between some young men.”

“We condemn this attack and demand that the Palestinian Authority bring the attackers to trial as soon as possible,” the statement read.

Archbishop Atallah Hanna of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem strongly condemned the assault, dubbing it an “unprecedented phenomenon.”

“What happened on Friday night in Beit Sahur distorts the image of our people and harms civil peace and the good relationship that binds us as the sons of the Palestinian people,” Hanna said. “The church is not a place for settling accounts, fomenting sedition and undermining the unity of our people. What happened in Beit Sahur was horrific.”…

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