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January 14, 2003

Death Sentence Hangs Over Arab Christians

This is yet another example of how Israel's fight is just a small part of the fight of civilization against Islam.
(World Net Daily) When Saeed and Nasser Salame, Arab brothers and residents of Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority, converted from Islam to Christianity, they didn't know it would cost them their homes, their friends – possibly even their lives.

Saeed Salam was an active member of Fatah, Arafat's own party, when he converted. For this "crime" of conscience, he was imprisoned and tortured, according to a French Christian group and the Religious Freedom Council.

The brothers decided their only hope was to escape to Israel – and then, perhaps, to France or some other Western nation where they could practice their new faith freely.

With one of them facing a death sentence, they escaped from a Palestinian Authority jail and made it to Israel.

But their problems are far from over.

Israel has only been willing to issue them 30-day permits. They are now facing deportation back to the Palestinian Authority – and, perhaps, death.

Fatah has accused both brothers of being Israeli collaborators. That charge often results in public lynching in the Palestinian Authority. The brothers now fear a sister may have been murdered since they arrived in Israel. She has vanished without a trace, they say.

Rep. Jo Ann Davis, R-Va., and the Religious Freedom Coalition are calling upon Israel to extend asylum – at least long enough so arrangements for emigration to Europe or elsewhere can be made. [Read More]