The Jpost reports
Palestinian Christians in the West Bank have reacted angrily to what they say is the Palestinian Authority government’s refusal to recognize Easter as an official holiday.
The Christians said that the government’s decision was an insult to their religion and reminded them of the policies of governments in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Malaysia.
In a letter to PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Dr. Ghassan al-Toubassi, a Christian physician from Ramallah, said that he and thousands of Palestinian Christians were “pained” by the government’s decision to ignore Easter as an official national holiday.
“We would have understood this explanation had the debate been taking place in the governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Malaysia, which are purely Islamic countries that follow the sharia laws,” al-Toubassi wrote. “But it’s a great sin when a government that purports to represent all Palestinians takes such a decision.”
He expressed regret that the Palestinian government was “sharing the Zionist Christian ideology that also does not recognize Easter.”
Dr. Toubassi voiced regret and sorrow over the PA government’s failure to demonstrate a “unified Islamic-Christian narrative.” He urged the prime minister and cabinet members to reconsider their decision and declare Easter a national holiday.
Some Palestinian Christians took to social media to protest against the PA government’s “racist” decision.
“This is a government that does not respect Christians or Muslims,” one of them commented.
PA Minister of Tourism Rula Ma’ayah, rejected the criticism. She argued that the PA government does recognize Easter as an official holiday for Christians in accordance with a law that was passed in 2005.
Given that Islam does not recognize the resurrection of Jesus; how could the PA/PLO, the (supposedly) sole representative of the Palestinians accommodate both religions? I thought the PLO wants a secular democracy for all Palestinians, Jews, Muslims and Christians.