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Arab Christian clergymen
call Jews 'satanic'

Outraged by the protracted standoff between Israelis and Palestinians at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, a considerable number of Arab Christian clergymen – including some heads of various churches – are publicly condemning not only Jews and Israel, but Christians in the West – especially in the United States – for siding with Israel.

Here, as translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, are recent statements made by several Arab Christian clergy. MEMRI is an independent, non-profit organization that translates and analyzes the media of the Middle East.

Attacks on Christians in the West

Father Manuel Musalam, head of the Latin Church in Gaza, told Palestinian Authority television:

Father Musalam voiced similar sentiments at a meeting between heads of church in Gaza City and a delegation of Muslim clerics from the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Religious Endowments:

During the same meeting, Bishop Alex, head of the Roman Orthodox Bishopric of Gaza, said: “Real Christianity means love and harmony, and it exists only in Palestine and the Holy Land. In contrast, Western Christianity is false. Anyone who claims he is a Christian but has no love or tolerance in his heart is no Christian.”

Condemnations of Protestantism and the American political leadership were voiced by the Egyptian Coptic Church as well, which typically enjoys good relations with the West via the Coptic communities in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. In an article titled, “Oh Mr. Bush, Are You Christian or Crusader?” Coptic priest Marcus ‘Aziz Khalil wrote:

Egyptian Shura Council member Dr. Nabil Luka Babawi, an expert in criminal law and a Copt, attacked President Bush in an article titled “Judas Is Back”:

Babawi published another article in the Egyptian government daily Al-Ahram slamming his fellow Copts living in the West for their failure to support the Palestinians:

Elias ‘Awwad, head of the Palestinian Roman Orthodox Church, said, “The Zionist movement controls European and American public opinion … For this reason, we witness a weakness in the defense of the Christian holy sites on the part of America and the European countries … These people [Western Christians] deal first of all with their interests, not their religion. … In my view, they are not Christians, because they do not act according to the precepts of the New Testament. …”

The Bishop of the Assyrian Orthodox Church of Mt. Lebanon and Tripoli, George Saliba, stated the following regarding Christian leaders in the West:

Jews throughout the generations

Father Manuel Musalam compared the armed Palestinians in the Church of the Nativity to Jesus on the cross:

In a letter to the editor of the Egyptian Coptic weekly Watani, Egyptian Coptic clergyman John Jirjis wrote:

The Coptic priest Marcus ‘Aziz Khalil wrote:

The Hezbollah television station Al-Manar gave its viewers an exclusive broadcast of a lecture on “Christianity’s View of the Jews” by the Bishop of the Assyrian Orthodox Church of Mt. Lebanon and Tripoli, George Saliba, at an Islamic institute for religious studies. He said:

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