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Local Christians Blast Palestinian Authority Over Bethlehem Monastery Fire

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"This is another case of at attack on Christians in Bethlehem."

Christian residents in Bethlehem accuse Muslim extremists of setting the fire at their monastery. (Image source: Facebook/Father Gabriel Naddaf)

While Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas last week called for Muslim freedom of worship at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, he was blasted by the local Christian community for what they described as an atmosphere that encouraged the burning of a Christian monastery in Bethlehem this past weekend.

The Palestinian Authority issued a statement following Saturday’s fire at St. Charbel Monastery in Bethlehem, saying that Palestinian police and the fire department were investigating the fire which they said appeared to be caused by an electrical short circuit.

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