We may be sure that Sizer and his Sabeel friends, whom many see as apologists for Islamic terror after Sizer’s appearance on Iranian TV to blast Israel as Christians were being murdered in Iran by Ahmadinejad’s regime, will say nothing about the abuse of Christian rights just as they remained silent when the Christian book shops were closed down in Gaza following the Israeli withdrawal.The biased Western media will also likely remain silent as usual. Sizer’s position seems top remain clear: Â persecute all the Christians you like – as long as you are against Israel we love you.
Palestinian Authority shuts down the only Christian TV broadcaster in the Territories
After 14 years on the air, the government shuts down the only Palestinian Christian TV station. Located about 350 metres from Bethlehemâs Church of the Nativity, the station broadcast shows with social, religious, economic and cultural content. Its general manager tells AsiaNews the order is unfair, stressing the high regard in which viewers held the station.
Bethlehem (AsiaNews) â The Palestinian National Authority has shut down Al-Mahed âNativityâ TV for operating without a licence. Samir Qumsieh, owner and general manager of the Christian broadcaster, slammed the decision. After 14 years on the air and despite a long list of âthank you lettersâ by grateful viewers, Palestinian police raided the broadcasterâs offices yesterday at 2 pm. Waving an order by the Interior Ministry, they put the station off the air. Contacted by AsiaNews, Mr Qumsieh said he was baffled by the order, which for him was âunjustifiedâ.
Located on high ground at about 350 metres from the Church of Nativity, in Bethlehem, Al-Mahed âNativityâ TV was for years the âonly Christian voiceâ among Palestinian media.
It broadcast programmes in all sorts of domains, from education to the environment, from politics to local culture and society, as well as programmes with a religious content: masses, prayers and the most important celebrations on the liturgical calendar. Its audience was not limited to Christians but included Muslims as well.
According to unconfirmed reports that reached AsiaNews, the closure appears to be financially motivated. Palestinian authorities demanded money, a âlicenceâ that was not paid.
In a letter addressed to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Mr Qumsieh slammed the unjustified closure of the Christian TV station because of the âlack of a licenceâ.
He said that 14 years of broadcasting earned the station the gratitude of viewers as demonstrated by the many thank you letters and e-mails, worthy of a âGuinness world recordâ.
In his letter to the authorities, he said that he âwould not begâ to have the station re-opened. The âingratitudeâ shown to him is âunacceptable by any religion, logic or conscienceâ.
FAIR USE NOTICE: This article contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of religious, environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond âfair useâ, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.