Muslims initiated renovation of 4th century church in Bethlehem

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  1. LizKat macrumors 68040

    LizKat

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    Well here’s something you might not expect to have happened if talk radio or any politician has managed to convince you that muslims and ISIS are all one and the same:


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    Although the Palestinians are overwhelmingly Muslim, they consider the church a national treasure and one of their most visited tourist sites, and President Mahmoud Abbas has been actively involved in the project.

    Ziad al-Bandak, who leads the Palestinian committee in charge of the restoration, calls what has been accomplished so far nothing short of "revolutionary."

    "For the first time you can see, when you go up, mosaics really magnificent and beautiful and unique in the whole world," he said.

    The Church of the Nativity, located in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem, was built by Saint Helena in the 4th century over the grotto where the Virgin Mary is said to have given birth to Jesus.


    Despite its spiritual significance, the church was neglected for centuries and is listed as endangered by UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency. Until two years ago, rain leaked through the severely damaged rooftop, threatening to harm priceless artworks inside.

    Then, in 2013, the Palestinian Authority, the internationally backed self-rule government, took the lead in financing the restoration. The rest has come from the Palestinian private sector, the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian churches and other countries. Al-Bandak said nearly $8 million has already been spent.
     
  2. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 601

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    Positive threads about Muslims don't get many hits on here sadly.

    I'm not surprised by the story, but then again I know a lot of Muslim people and am not scared to death of them. It won't be long before somebody suggests they only did this to boost tourism numbers and get money.
     
  3. LizKat thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Well it's a fact that tourism (a legitimate form of enterprise, no?) underpins plenty of economies. If we start saying anyone only does something "for the money" then... sounds more mainstream than fighting with the neighbors. :)

    Reaching back to the Mughal emperors and doubtless before, the world has seen times where people of different faiths worked and lived side by side. And unfortunately, times when all that dissolved in the blink of an eye when xenophobia and tribalism set in again. You'd think with so much history to consider by now, we'd elect to stick with setups that let the good times roll. Why does it have to be "us versus them" instead of "us versus bad times" for everyone?
     

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