ISIS Threatens to Attack Church of the Nativity, Purge Christians
PLO govt. calls for ‘Palestinian unity,’ failing to note ISIS called for genocide against Christian Arabs in capital city during Ramadan.
Palpably illustrating its indifference to the Arab Christian population’s fate, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) unity government on Tuesday largely brushed off the detailed threat by an Islamic State (ISIS) affiliate in Jerusalem to “purify” the city of Christians.
The ISIS announcement was posted in the eastern part of the capital city last Thursday, and in it the ISIS affiliate threatened to murder all Christians in the Muslim Arab neighborhoods during the month of Ramadan, starting with Shuafat and on to the Muslim sections of the Old City.
It also threatened an attack against the Church of the Nativity located in Bethlehem, Judea.
“Infidel Christians” were given a month to leave Jerusalem by the announcement, which warned that if they did not flee of their own volition ISIS would slaughter them during Eid al-Fitr, a feast at the end of the fast month of Ramadan.
The PLO government headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah convened on Tuesday, and while the government made mention of the ominous announcement, it did not directly name ISIS, or even explicitly refer to the call for genocide on the basis of religion.
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