Islamic Tolerance Alert from the Jerusalem Post, with thanks to JS:
Palestinian educator Dr. Maria Khoury geared up for the winter chill with what was at the time a meaningless purchase: a black silk scarf with silver stripes to drape around her neck.
But now, on her daily excursions from the West Bank’s Taiba to nearby Ramallah, the scarf serves as a political symbol of the changing times.
“Since Hamas took over, I cover my head in Ramallah,” she says. “I don’t feel comfortable.”
In the largely cosmopolitan Ramallah, though they comprise some 10 percent of the population, Christians are becoming less and less visible.
The first time that Khoury ran into her local parish priest there with her head covered, he raised his eyebrows and laughed.
“I see more and more women covered up,” Khoury says, explaining that for now, it’s preferable to play it safe and assimilate on the street, even if she would never choose to cover her head otherwise.
“Years ago I even used to go in short sleeves,” she says. “You’d have to put a gun to my head to get me to wear short sleeves now.”
With fear of government-supported religious coercion on the rise since Hamas’s unexpected win in January’s Palestinian elections, Christians across the West Bank and Gaza Strip are keeping a low profile, with eyes wide open.
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