The one place where Christians are not suffering from violence is the Holy Land. The Palestinian Christians have been leaving in large numbers now for years. There have been so many gone there now that the Christian population is down to less than 2% and the idea of holy sites like Jerusalem and Bethlehem without local Christians is a real possibility.
We know that for a place where it is written that it is a place for peace that in reality the region is the most fought over place in the world yet sacred to half of humanity. In Bethlehem, where it all began with the birth of Jesus, there is Saint Catherine’s in the Church of the Nativity there. It is a parish church for local Catholics. Now Christians there make up only 18% of what was once for centuries an overwhelmingly Christian town.
In 1964 the number of Christians in the city were around 30,000 now there are only about 11,000 Christians living in the Holy City out of a population of almost 800,000 that is just 1.5 % percent. The religious leaders are afraid that Jerusalem can become a tourist trap or a museum or even a spiritual theme park. It is a great place for tourists but not for the Arab Christians whose roots date back to the churches very beginning.
As a result of this ugly wall, terrorism has gone down 90% in this region. At the same time, the wall completely surrounds Bethlehem turning the little town where Christ was born into what its residents call an open air prison. There are people there who now live in houses surrounded by three sides of a giant wall. Not a great sight to see out your windows. What used to be the busiest commercial street in town in 2003 is now a dead end
For Palestine Christians the survival of their culture is in danger and towns like Bethlehem which used to be distinctively Christian now find Muslims being the majority of people there. Yes the veil of a Nun on the back of her head is now changed to be over the face of a woman to be like a Muslim woman there.