Comments on: Impressions from Gaza: minority Christians and Hamas http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/05/18/impressions-from-gaza-minority-christians-and-hamas/ Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: jd http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/05/18/impressions-from-gaza-minority-christians-and-hamas/comment-page-1/#comment-12076 Tue, 19 May 2009 13:41:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=6007#comment-12076 it is foolishness to believe that hamas, an organisation wholly beholden to iran, will not turn gaza’s christians into dhimmis in their own land – to include any palestinian state, should hamas also take over the west bank.

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By: Julian Rake http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/05/18/impressions-from-gaza-minority-christians-and-hamas/comment-page-1/#comment-12062 Mon, 18 May 2009 15:25:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=6007#comment-12062 This brings to mind a surreal encounter that took place in the days after Hamas had stunned the world in January 2006 with its sweeping victory in Palestinian legislative elections. Hardline Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar was meeting with members of Gaza’s Christian community in the presence of foreign journalists (including some from Reuters)to calm any concerns Christians might have about Hamas’ intentions in light of its election showing. One journalist asked Zahar whether the popular mandate given to Hamas by the electorate would be reflected in any radical changes on social issues – like rules governing the wearing of beards for men or veils for women. Zahar waved away the question and pointed at some Christian women at the meeting saying that the way they were dressed was more than acceptable to societal norms in Gaza. He seemed totally unaware that the women he was indicating were nuns – dressed in their habits and veils!

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