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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Palestinian Christian bookstore owner murdered in Gaza

From JPost:

The body of a Christian official who was kidnapped over the weekend was discovered in Gaza City early Sunday, Palestinian sources said.

The man was identified as Rami Ayyad, 31, director of The Teacher's Bookshop, which is operated by the Palestinian Bible Society.

Although no group claimed responsibility for the murder, a number of Christians in Gaza City told The Jerusalem Post that Ayyad had received several death threats in the past from radical Muslims who accused him of conducting missionary activities.

His bookshop and the Palestinian Bible Society had been the target of repeated attacks over the past two years.

They noted that attacks on members of the 2,500-strong Christian community in the Gaza Strip had increased in recent months, especially since Hamas took full control over the area.

The PalArab self-death count for 2007 rises to 534.

UPDATE:
Clan clash in Nablus, 32-year old man murdered. 535.

UPDATE 2:
PalArab police shot and killed a man in a stolen car. 536.

UPDATE 3:
Arab man found "riddled with bullets" near Hebron. 537.