More than 500 members of the Gaza Strip's Christian community left the blockaded territory today (December 23, 2010) to join Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, the town where Christ was born.
About 3,500 Christians live in Gaza among 1.5 million Muslims, according to the Guardian (British) website.
The Rev. David Neuhaus, Roman Catholic vicar for the Hebrew-speaking Christian population in the Holy Land, said violence against Gaza Christians was largely "Islamic fundamental vigilante justice."
He also said, "Christians are not targeted by Muslims, but life is not simple when you live minute by minute according to the mores of a different religion."