Monday, May 09, 2005
Bethlehem erupts in sectarian discord.
He and other Christians complained that Muslim men deliberately target Christian girls because they know that their families are small and weak compared to large Muslim clans that provide shelter for their members.
The girl's grandfather, Farid Azizeh, was shot and seriously wounded at the beginning of the intifada by unidentified gunmen and lost his sight in both eyes. The family then accused Muslims of trying to assassinate the grandfather for filing a complaint against a Muslim driver who killed his nephew in a hit-and-run accident.
And in yet another blow to the Christian minority, Hamas and Islamic Jihad won five out of seven seats allocated for Muslims in the Bethlehem municipal council in last week's local elections. This will be the first time that representatives of the radical Islamic groups occupy seats in the city's 15-seat municipal council.