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Beit Jala priest urges pope to help Palestinian Christians

Sept. 8, 2013 3:15 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 8, 2013 3:16 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A priest in Beit Jala on Sunday wrote a letter to Pope Francis describing the ongoing persecution which Christians face under Israeli occupation.

Father Ibrahim Shomali said that Christians in the West Bank suffer from land confiscation to build settlements, roads and the separation wall.

Land from Cremisan monastery is also being seized to build the Israeli separation wall, he wrote.

Christians are committed to fight for their land but also need practical help to fight Israeli policies, Shomali said.

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