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. . . .A flight of Christians from the Holy Land in such proportions that it may soon eradicate all living Christian communities from the Holy Land and end their 2,000 year old presence there to the detriment of us all: Christian and non-Christian, religious and secular!
"The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven." –Benjamin disraeli, 1st earl of beaconsville and bristish prime minister
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can not be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. . . . To us, Jerusalem and today's experiences will be an enchanted memory a year hence -- memory which money could not buy from us. "–Mark twain
""Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty. And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, "Don't be afraid, for you have another son. As she breathed her last --for she was dying --she named her son Ben-oni. But his father named him Benjamin. So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel's tomb" . –gen. 36,16-19
What struck me most as a Middle East correspondent is that the themes that resonated in this land during Jesus's time still resonate today . . . The forces that caused division in Jesus's time are still at the center of today's conflicts . . .At the close of a millennium that was bookended by the Crusades and the Holocaust, the disappearance of Christianity [from the Holy Land] was not generating deep concern of sympathy among most Muslims and Jews."–From The body and the blood by charles m. sennott