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Ancient Church Ruins Destroyed in Gaza

Bulldozer in Gaza (Photo: flickr/EU/ECHO/Caroline Gluck)

Last week, the ruins of an ancient church were unearthed in Gaza. Now, Khaled Abu Toameh writes at The Jerusalem Post, Christians have been angered as the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have worked to destroy this sacred discovery:

Palestinian Christians on Wednesday expressed anger over the way the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have handled the ancient ruins of a Byzantine church that were uncovered in Gaza City last week.

They said that bulldozers removed the antiquities and continued with their work without supervision. They accused the two big Palestinian parties of seeking to obliterate Christian history and identity in the Holy Land.

Construction workers found the remains of the 1,500-year old church in Palestine Square in Gaza City, where a shopping mall is being built...

The construction work is being carried in an area that is under the control of Hamas.

That is why some of the criticism is also being directed against the Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip. Sources in the Gaza said that the Wakf (Islamic trust) Ministry in the Strip was responsible for the construction.

Some Palestinian Christians claimed that the construction workers moved the remains of the church out of their way and continued work at the site.

“They used bulldozers to remove the antiquities and no one ordered a freeze of the construction work at this important archeological site,” said Father Ibrahim Nairouz, a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem who lives in Nablus...

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