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Nathan Shachar: a Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the risk of disturbing the orthodox christmas

Several churches in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Haifa are frequented by both russians and ukrainians, both migrant workers, both ex-soviet israelis with the christian faith. Where hope now that the schism between Moscow and Kiev not to interfere with the kyrkofriden.

the campaign for a separate Ukrainian church is the president of Peter Porosjenko, whose opponents at home think that his theological commitment is linked to the spring election campaign. Before the ceremony, where the Ukrainian orthodox church was declared deliberated Porosjenko with president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Moscow's eyes thus taken the Ukrainian party in the dispute. Part of the Moscow patriarchate stated that in protest break with the patriarchate in Istanbul. The Russian church has, however, in practice, not for a long time been subject to kyrkoledningen in Istanbul.

On Sunday night celebrating the 300 million orthodox christians, christmas eve. Christmas day is the big day, when most of the Middle eastern christians – the syrians, the syrians, the palestinians and the copts greet each other with ’Id milad majid! – merry christmas! Eastern catholics, maronites, melkite, and a part of the armenians, have celebrated christmas on 24 and 25 december. In the holy land is the percentage of christian the highest in the state of Israel, and at least in the occupied territories. Most christians in Gaza have fled to Bethlehem in the west bank. Although it is Jesus ' birthplace, now a predominantly muslim city.

the christian world's centre of gravity and the centre, is now its most insecure region. Only in one of the countries, Jordan, increasing the number of christians – christians from Syria and Iraq who have fled the al-Qaida network and IS fleeing there. The proportion of christians in Syria, Lebanon and Israel-Palestine have fallen dramatically in the last hundred years, during the mass exodus to Chile, Brazil, Honduras, Argentina and the united states.

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