Why has there been a great ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å and little-reported ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Christian exodus from the Middle East, with some 2 million fleeing in the past 20 years alone? One of the most important aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has been overlooked is the plight of Christians in the Holy Land. Christians in the Palestinian territories have dropped from 15 percent of the Arab population in 1950 to just 2 percent today. This Christian exodus is a result of many factors, including the fighting between Israelis and Palestinians and the related decline of the economy, but perhaps most significantly the religious persecution these Christians encounter from their Muslim neighbors.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«This work will be seen as controversial, but it should be seen by all interested in events in the Middle East.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ - Michael Fein, coordinator of Library Services, Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, Va.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«This is an excellent documentary about the April 2002 terrorist hostage crisis at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, and records the experiences of more than 100 priests and other hostages held during that time.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Also shown are the physical destruction and desecration that the gun-wielding Palestinian ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌ¥victimsÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ wrought on the holy site.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«The film also includes very revealing interviews with Christians in Bethlehem and elsewhere in the PA, who fear for their lives, and grieve over the Palestinian harassment and oppression that has caused them to fee in record numbers from their ancient homes.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Bethlehem, not long ago 80 percent Christian, is now less than 20 percent Christian, thanks to intimidation, assaults, rapes and other brutality targeting them. And from 20 percent of the area's population after World War II, the Christian population of the Palestinian Authority has now dwindled to 1.7 percent.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«As these Christian interview subjects make clear, the cause of this Christian exodus is the Islamist Palestinian Authority, and no one else.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Alyssa A. Lappen, Amazon
About the Producer
Pierre Rehov is a French-Israeli documentary film producer and director, novelist, journalist and lawyer. Born of Jewish parents in Algeria, Rehov emigrated with his family to France at an early age to escape the growing Muslim anti-Semitism that would eventually morph into what is now popularly known as the ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Arab Spring.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ Motivated by the apparent staging and coverup of the killing of 12-year-old Palestinian Mohammed al-Dura in 2000, Rehov turned investigative reporter, researching and recording the inconsistencies turned up by his investigation. RehovÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs documentaries include ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«The Trojan Horse,ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ uncovering Yasser ArafatÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs true designs; ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Holy Land: Christians in Peril,ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ on why Bethlehem no longer is a Christian town; ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«The Road to Jenin,ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ exposing the Palestinian ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«massacreÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ hoax; ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Silent Exodus,ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ on the expulsion of a million Jews from Arab countries after 1948; and "The Path to Darkness," which documents the step-by-step religious brainwashing of candidates for suicide terrorism, with input from former World War II Japanese kamikazes.
- Director: Pierre Rehov
- Language: English with occasional English subtitles
- Format: NTSC
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Unrated
- Running Time: 50 minutes
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