Whither the United Church?

Jews & Christians

Re: Why The United Church Is Dying, editorial, Aug. 15.

Your editorial claims that “Israel is one of the few places in the whole Middle East where Christians can worship in peace,” while failing to mention that the number of Christians in the Holy Land has gone down from 20% during the Mandatory British rule of Palestine to only 3% following the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Most Christians, like my family, were forcibly evicted in 1948, and have not been allowed to return. Latin Archbishop Michel Sabbah, the most senior Catholic figure in Israel , best echoes the views of those few Christians that remained behind. He said following an arson attempt on the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth, which is one of the holiest sites of Christianity, “that the person who tried to perform the terrible deed was born and bred on racist views and wild incitement against Christians in particular and Arabs in general.”

Khaled Mouammar, national president, Canadian Arab Federation, Richmond Hill, On

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