Project Abraham: Rean Sayegh Lawand
With the continued crisis between Israel and Hamas dominating the media, the world has once again forgotten about my people, the Palestinian Christian people. Palestinian Christians have called this same geographic area home for over two thousand years. We follow an Christian Orthodox model, and make up a minority of the population in the occupied territories. By the end to the second world war, Christians in Palestine made up a much larger population than today. Since 2006, our population in Gaza has been severely decreased by two thirds, making us now less than two percent of the population in less than two decades.
For years we have struggled non-violently for our rights, and now under this new conflict, our collective voices have been dismantled altogether. The media has completely highjacked the narrative, focusing completely on Jews versus Muslims, Israelis versus Hamas. No one even stops to consider the thousand or so Christians who are caught in the crossfire.
In the last few weeks alone, hundreds of Christians in Gaza have fled their homes, my family among them. My own family members have found sanctuary in a church, and for weeks now, this is their new home. But even this house of God is not safe from war, as the very church itself has been bombed, ending the lives of an entire innocent family, as well as injuring others. I have no idea if they are ok, or where they will end up next. This conflict is bigger than all of us, and the brutal injustice against my people, as well as all people in the region, needs to end.