SIR – Your regular anti-Israel campaign letter writer Daniel Teegan really excelled himself in your last week's issue (December 7th) with his ‘Study shows sense of hopelessness among Palestinian Christians’ by occupying two-thirds of your letters columns.
Of course, he blames Israel for the 50% reduction from 2,500 to 1,100 in the Christian population of Gaza since Israel left the area in 2005 – I suppose that he realises that the Muslim population of Gaza in that same period continued to increase apace; no doubt Israel is to be blamed for that too?
He also mentions that the Palestinian Christian population of the West Bank has reduced drastically; during the same time, the Palestinian Muslim population of the West Bank has also been increasing.
The reduction of the numbers of Christians in Hamas-controlled Gaza and in Fatah-controlled West Bank is obviously caused by Arab Muslim fundamentalism. This explains why the town of Bethlehem in Judea in the West Bank, which was 80% Christian when Israel handed it over to the Fatah PA after Oslo 1993, is now 80% Muslim, 20% Christian and 0% Jewish.
Meanwhile, the only country in the Middle East where the Christian population is growing year by year is in Israel itself!
(Dr) F Baigel,