As hardliners take power in Israel, church leaders warn of anti-Christian discrimination | Crux

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As concerns mount over Israel’s new hardline government, believed to be the most right-wing and nationalistic in the country’s history, church leaders in the Holy Land have lamented increased discrimination against the Christian community and urged youth not to leave.

In their annual Christmas message, the patriarchs and heads of churches in Jerusalem said Jesus through his incarnation and birth in Bethlehem “revealed to humanity the deep and abiding love of God for all his people” and he also “joined in the world’s suffering, enduring with the Holy Family the many struggles of life under occupation.”

These struggles, they said, included “threats of violence, forced registration, family displacement, and existence as refugees in a foreign land.”

Two centuries later, similar woes continue to afflict the world through violent conflicts across the world, such as the war in Ukraine and ongoing violence in Armenia, Syria, and “throughout the Hold Land itself,” they said.

As hardliners take power in Israel, church leaders warn of anti-Christian discrimination | Crux

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