By Theodore Shoebat
A Christian church has been driven out from Jerusalem by Muslims. After so many harassments and threats, the church had no choice but to leave. The pastor, Steven Khoury, said:
It was very emotional, because a lot of our people really started to grow there… Most of the growth happened in Shofat because of the persecution.
The church was founded in 2007, and within this same year Muslim tried to burn it down. The pastor remembers the fire and its ineffectiveness:
It only burned a few of our playground sets and didn’t reach the building
Then there was then also vandalisms, of which the pastor said:
These were all spread out over a two- or three-year period, to let us know that we were not welcome there
The violence really began to intensify after the church, through government approval, got a road sign identifying the location of the church:
When we did that, it took everything to the next level. The landlords were now being threatened. The landlords were being told, “How dare you do this, this is a disgrace to Islam. If you don’t do anything about this, we will.”
When the church rented a building for an event, Muslims came and vandalized cars, the road side sign was torn.
After so many bombardments, the church has now left.