NBC: Holy Land Christians feel abandoned by U.S. evangelicals
[The following article originally appeared on NBC’s news website, on May 5.]
In and around Bethlehem, Christians have gone from being 80 percent of the population when Israel was founded in 1950, to around 12 percent today.
by F. Brinley Bruton , Lawahez Jabari and Paul Goldman
BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Jesus was arguably the matchmaker for the Rev. Munther Isaac and his wife, Rudaina: The two met when Munther, a theology professor, spoke at a Christian conference Rudaina had organized while attending college.
And it is conviction that keeps the Palestinian couple in the town in the occupied West Bank where Christians believe Jesus was born.