Tuesday June 18, 2013 09:15 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies
The Palestinian Ministry of Education, under the Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip, denied reports claiming that the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and its government ever prevented Muslim students from attending Christian schools in the coastal region.
Image By Radio Bethlehem 2000
The Ministry issued a press release [Monday June 17 2013] stating that such a claimed decision was never made, and that students have the right to choose any school they deem fit.
The statement came after an Israeli news agency claimed that Hamas is preventing Muslim students from attending Christian school in Gaza.
An official at the Ministry of Education in Gaza stated that the government supports all schools, including Christian schools, and does not differentiate between them.
The official added that Christian schools in Gaza are an important aspect of the social fabric, and that all Christians in Gaza are an integral part of the Palestinian society.
“What the Israeli agency claimed it’s a baseless lie”, he said, “a lie that aims at creating tension between Muslims and Christians in the Gaza Strip”.
Christians in Palestine – in pictures
Church of Holy Sepulchre
Palestinian Christian Man from Aboud with Self Made Crucifix
Palestinian Muslims helping to clean the Church
Palestinian Muslims helping to clean the Church
Palestinian Police taking care of security while Christians & Muslims clean the Church
Palestinian Muslims helping to clean the Church
Palestinian believers light candles in the Church of Nativity, Palestinian town of Bethlehem
Nuns wait for the arrival of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah during Christmas celebrations on Manger square outside the Church of Nativity in the west Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 Dec 2007
A monk pictured in the Church of the Nativity, built over the biblical grotto of Jesus’ birth in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 December 2007
Palestinian scouts take part in their traditional Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 Dec 2007
Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah (C) walks across Manger square outside the Church of Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, for the annual Christmas celebrations in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 Dec 2007
Palestinian Christians, some wearing traditional costumes, gather during a procession outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Christmas festivities in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 Dec 2007
Christian Palestinians celebrate Christmas on Manger square in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 Dec 2007
A Christian boy with a Santa Claus balloon in the Church of the Nativity, built over the biblical grotto of Jesus’ birth in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 Dec 2007
Christians praying at the Holy Sepulcher
Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah (C) walks across Manger square outside the Church of Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, for the annual Christmas celebrations in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 Dec2007
Christian women light candles in the Church of the Nativity, built over the biblical grotto of Jesus’ birth in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 December 2007
Christian Orthodox worshippers hold up candles lit from the ‘Holy Fire’ as thousands of Orthodox Christians gather in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 26, 2008 during the Orthodox Easter ceremony of the ‘Holy Fire’. The ceremony celebrated in the same way for 11 centuries, is marked by the appearance of ‘sacred fire’ in the two cavities on either side of the Holy Sepulchre. The Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is the site of the final resting place of Jesus Christ, according to Christian tradition. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON
A Palestinian Christian prays at a church decorated for Christmas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Dec 23, 2007 (AFP: Abbas Momani)
Christians in the Church of Nativity
Palestinian Christians in Catholic church in Zababdeh Palestine | Christmas 2010
Christian Palestinian Children
Candles: Palestinian Christians celebrate the Orthodox Christmas Eve in Bethlehem
Palestinian Christian Children Light Candles (Credit: Nayef Hashlamoun/Reuters)
Christian Palestinians, including children, attend a Palm Sunday service at a church in Gaza City in 2009. (Hatem Omar, Maan Images)
A Palestinian Christian Orthodox priest leads a Palm Sunday service at a church in Gaza City in 2009. (Hatem Omar, Maan Images)
Priests and worshippers attend EASTER mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. (Inbal Rose, Maan Images)
Christians pray in the West bank town of Nablus, where the Christian population has fallen dramatically in recent years. (Photo: CNS)
Palestinian children light candles in the Nativity Church one day before Christmas, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 23, 2005. (MAANnews/Charlotte de Bellabre)
Palestinian children play with Christmas decorations in a Christian shop two days before Christmas celebrations, in the West Bank town of Ramallah December 22, 2005. (MAANnews/Charlotte de Bellabre)
Palestinian children play with Christmas decorations in a Christian shop 2 days before Christmas celebrations, in the West Bank town of Ramallah December 22, 2005. (MAANnews/Charlotte de Bellabre)
Palestinian women are shopping two days before Christmas celebrations in order to celebrate along with Christians, in the West Bank town of Ramallah December 22, 2005. (MAANnews/Charlotte de Bellabre)
Palestinians hold annual Christmas Bazaar in Bethlehem’s Manger Square December 4, 2005. (MAANnews/Iyad Atayat)
Christians United For Palestine (CUFP)
Candles in Bethlehem
It is generally “assumed” that Israel “defends itself” against Muslim “fundamentalists”. The truth is that Israel kills Muslims and Christians indiscriminately and both Arab Muslims and Christians stand together against Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. Ignoring the killing of Christians by mainstream media is convenient because this is how Islam can be easily branded as “the enemy” and Muslims can be branded as the “terrorists”
A Christian Shaheed (Martyr)
Christian praying at the Holy Sepulchre
It IS POSSIBLE. Afternoon prayers, religious Jews, Christians and Muslims- under the same roof and at the same moment
Interfaith – President Peres hosts Christian leaders at his residence in Jerusalem (Photo: Emil Salman/GENIE)
Christian Armenian Priest in Jerusalem
Holy Land Christians
An Ethiopian monk is meditating in the small chapel – Jerusalem Dec 2007
Michael Monk living in the home of the Ethippian Orthodox church in Old city of Jerusalem came from Ethiopia – Jerusalem – Dec 2007)
Ethiopean Christian – Jerusalem 2008
Coptic Christians in the Old City of Jerusalem
Ethiopian Christian in the Old City of Jerusalem
Ethiopian Christian, so powerfull & graceful picture of a man of faith | Jerusalem 2008
- Franciscaner Catholic Munk – Jerusalem
Olive wood rosaries for sale in the Old City of Jerusalem
- The Christian Quarter – Jerusalem
The Christian Quarter – Jerusalem
Christian Priests and a Muslim Woman in the Old City of Jerusalem
Peter’s Church panoramic view at the Dome of the Rock
Orthodox Christians attend the liturgy of Pascha in Gaza City | Apr 4, 2010
Orthodox Christians celebrate the liturgy of Pascha in Gaza City, Sunday, April 4, 2010
Orthodox Christians celebrate Pascha at a church in the West Bank city of Nablus, Sunday, April 4, 2010
The Christian Quarter – by Night
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, known as the Church of the Resurrection (Anastasis) to Eastern Orthodox Christians, is a church in the Old City of Jerusalem that is the holiest Christian site in the world. It stands on a site that encompasses both Golgotha, or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, and the tomb (sepulchre) where he was buried. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th century
Christians believe here Jesus | Isa A.S. was crucified
Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III swings incense during mass at the St. James chapel. The patriarch heads a brotherhood created to safeguard the Holy Sepulcher and other holy sites. 2008.
Worshipers hold candles during the ceremony of the Holy Fire at the Ethiopian monastery on the roof of the Holy Sepulcher. The Ethiopians retain custody of a chapel on the roof, but no rights within the basilica. 2005.
Orthodox nuns carry candles and flowers during an early morning procession for the feast of the Dormition of the Virgin, commemorating the eternal sleep of Mary, mother of Jesus. 2008.
Greek Orthodox pilgrims kneel as they pray during a special Easter vigil at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem sees itself as a direct descendant of the Byzantine Church, celebrating liturgy in classical Greek and following its own calendar of feasts. 2008.
A Russian Orthodox pilgrim kisses a sacred column at the entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Legend says a flame of the Easter holy fire burst from the column, cracking it in the middle. 2007
Ethiopian Christian Orthodox worshipers carry a cross during the Good Friday procession along the Via Dolorosa, retracing Jesus’ final mortal journey-2006
Orthodox pilgrims from Serbia carry wooden crosses as they stop at the fifth Station of the Cross during the Good Friday procession. The pilgrims visit the 14 Stations of the Cross, which lead to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher – 2009.
Orthodox nuns carry palm branches and crucifixes during the Palm Sunday procession. The ceremony is a landmark in the Christian calendar, marking the triumphant return of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem the week before his crucifixion, when a cheering crowd greeted him waving palm leaves. 2009.
A Catholic pilgrim re-enacts the Passion of Jesus Christ as Israeli border policemen guard the procession during Holy Friday along the Way of the Cross, the traditional route where Jesus carried the cross. 2004.
Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem Swerios Malki Murad kneels in front of an altar at the Chapel of St. Nicodemus. The Syrian Orthodox Church is one of the oldest Christian communities in the Middle East. The church uses Aramaic in the liturgy and prayers, the language spoken in the days of Jesus. 2009.
Catholic and Orthodox worshipers fill the portal of the Holy Sepulcher during Good Friday. Once every four years all denominations celebrate their feasts together. Normally the Orthodox follow the Julian calendar that is 13 days behind the western Gregorian calendar that the Catholics follow. 2007
Greek Orthodox clergymen circle the aedicule at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. 2010
A Russian Orthodox pilgrim prays at the Rotunda of the Anastasis. 2005
Ecstatic Orthodox worshipers hold up their hands to reach a ray of light believed to be sacred or divine during the Orthodox Easter ceremony. 2009
Ethiopian pilgrims pray during Easter liturgy at the Ethiopian Chapel of the Four Creatures at the Holy Sepulcher. The Ethiopian Church reflects an ancient and indigenous form of Christianity which emerged in a land completely isolated from the rest of the Christian world. 2007
Romanian worshipers rest their heads on an altar at the Chapel of St. Longinus in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Longinus was the Roman soldier who stabbed Jesus (and later became a believer). According to Orthodox tradition, if you place your ear over the altar you can hear the agony of Jesus. 2009
Pilgrims light candles during Easter liturgy at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. 2010
Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem Anba Abraham leads a Sunday mass during Lent at the Coptic Chapel in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Copts are Egyptians whose ancestors embraced Christianity in the first centuries after Christ. 2009
Greek Orthodox priests in ceremonial vestments pray at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. 2009
Peaceful march by the Bethlehem wall for World Week of Peace in Palestine & Israel EAPPI | Photography by @jbaboun
Archbishop Theodosius Atallah Hanna beside Israel’s wall in Bethlehem | June 4, 2011 | Photography by @jbaboun
A silent protest, a sign reading: “My right to pray in the Church of the Resurrection” At a house of a Christian. So you think it is about Muslim, Arab ? Wrong. During the Nakba 100.000 Christians were ethnically cleansed as well, and the remaining Christians which co-exist in peace with Muslim Palestinians in the West Bank undergo the same occupation and atrocities, violence and restrictions. Remember, even Jews who not conform with “Zionism” are transgressing the “Laws of Israel”. SO much for Zion & Goyim, They are even targeting their own people who not conform with the masterplan. | Naksa Day June 5, 2011 | The Photo is made By Ahmad Mesleh
The Custos of the Holy Land heading the pentecost celebration in Jerusalem – Pentecost in Palestine, June 12, 2011 | Photography by @jbaboun
Part of the pentecost celebration in Jerusalem – Palestine June 12, 2011 | Photography by @jbaboun
The view of this cross in Jerusalem during the Pentecost on June 12, 2011 | Photography by @jbaboun
“Of course couldn’t reach Jerusalem w/out going to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre ” – Pentecost June 12, 2011 | Photography by @jbaboun
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem – Pentecost June 12, 2011 | Photography by @jbaboun
Inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem – Pentecost June 12, 2011 | Photography by @jbaboun
Holy icon that symbolizes the pentecost which is celebrated today in Jerusalem – June 12, 2011 | Photography by @jbaboun
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