Palestinian Christians slam PA for refusal to recognize Easter

The Jpost reports

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.

Noting that Islam does not recognize the resurrection of Jesus, he drew parallels between the PA government and Arab and Islamic countries.

“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.




About johnmhummasti

Was the victim of Human Rights Abuses (e.g. Hummasti v Bell, 98-3651-JTC) while a patient in the custody of the US Attorney General and hospitalized under 18 USC 4241 through 4244, et seq.! Interests: Biblical Studies, Talmudic Studies, Dead Sea (Yam Melek [Sea of Kings Soferim]) Scrolls, Scribal (Stam Sofer) Traditions, Cantorial (Hazzan) Psalms (Tehillim). Illustrated Calligraphy (e.g. Ketuvim [Jewish Marriage Contracts], Poetry). Self Published Manuscripts and Screen Plays at yhummastiscribd web site:
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s