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Corpse of Christian resident of Gaza discovered

Why isn’t this being reported more prominently?

The body of Rami Khader Ayyad, a prominent Palestinian Christian, was found in Hamas-controlled Gaza on Sunday. Ayyad, 30, had been abducted near his home a day earlier by suspected Muslim extremists. Medical officials reported that Ayyad had been shot and stabbed repeatedly by his captors. He was the father of two small children and his wife is pregnant with their third.
Ayyad was the director of the Protestant Holy Bible Society in Gaza City. In April, a bomb at the Society blew out windows and started a fire that burned shelves of Christian pamphlets and religious texts. The Rosary Sisters School and the Latin Church in Gaza were also torched and looted by masked gunmen using rocket-propelled grenades. Almost everything inside, including crosses, a statue of Jesus, and Christian prayer books were destroyed.
Ayyad was born into a Greek Orthodox family but worshipped in a Baptist congregation. For more, see this item from the Associated Baptist Press. About 3,200 Christians live among 1.5 million Muslims in the Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, in Nigeria, at least 10 Christians have been slaughtered in recent days over an alleged cartoon of the prophet Muhammad. Nine churches have also been destroyed and yet the liberal-dominated media in the Christian-majority countries of the West just don’t seem interested in reporting on this properly…

Tom Gross — Tom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News.

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