Sometimes the Christian Arab support for the jihadist cause is not all it seems to be. Islamic Tolerance Alert: “Muslims intimidated church into holding Arafat memorial: Christians fear ‘we’ll become casualties of retaliation, escalating violence,'” by Aaron Klein for WorldNetDaily.com (thanks to all who sent this in):
JERUSALEM — Intimidation by members of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party forced a Catholic church in Gaza to hold a memorial service yesterday for the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat, according to sources in Gaza’s Christian leadership.
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear for their safety, said Catholics now fears retaliation from Hamas, Fatah’s rival, after holding yesterday’s ceremony commemorating the third anniversary of Arafat’s death.
“The church was obliged to hold the event for Arafat after Christian leaders participated in a Hamas event 10 days ago,” said a Christian source close to the church. “Now we fear Christians may be casualties of the escalating violence. We may be caught in the crosshairs, and we’re afraid of retaliation.”