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Complaint about 60 Minutes story "Christians of the Holy Land"

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a member of Christians United for Israel, I am writing to express my concern with the 60 Minutes story "Christians of the Holy Land" which aired on April 22nd. This story scapegoated Israel and ignored the greatest threats facing the Christians of the Middle East. By focusing on the wrong story and blaming the wrong party, you have squandered a precious opportunity.

Since you didn't report them, let me remind you of some of the facts:

* Since its birth in 1948, Israel's Christian population has grown dramatically.
* In the West Bank, the Christian population has not shrunk in absolute terms since 1967. On the contrary, the Palestinian Authority recently reported that the Christian population is growing.
* The only way in which the Christian population is shrinking is as a percentage of the overall population. This shift is due overwhelmingly to the fact that the region's Muslim population is growing so quickly.

The Christians of the Middle East do face unprecedented threats. As Islamic terrorists have stepped up their attacks against Christians, we are witnessing the collapse of the ancient Christian communities of Iraq, Egypt and Syria. Yet you chose to ignore these threats and focus instead on the security measures that Israel has taken to protect its citizens -- Jewish, Christian and Muslim -- from the very same Islamic terror.

By failing to see past your own bias, you have done a tremendous disservice to all who truly care about the fate of the Middle East's Christians.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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The Israel Pledge

We believe that the Jewish people have a right to live in their ancient land of Israel, and that the modern State of Israel is the fulfillment of this historic right.

We maintain that there is no excuse for acts of terrorism against Israel and that Israel has the same right as every other nation to defend her citizens from such violent attacks.

We pledge to stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel and to speak out on their behalf whenever and wherever necessary until the attacks stop and they are finally living in peace and security with their neighbors.

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