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Old 17-12-2012, 01:39 AM   #106
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The Gaza Baptist Church is a Baptist church in Gaza City, Gaza, Palestinian Territories. The Church is one of only three Christian churches in the Gaza Strip, and the only one that is Protestant and Evangelical..

Because of its height, unusual in this mostly low-rise city, the Gaza Baptist Church building was repeatedly commandeered by Fatah and Hamas troops as an observation post during the Fatah–Hamas conflict. This resulted in several of Gaza Baptist Church's staff being caught in crossfire. In one instance, a church librarian was hit by gunfire during a firefight between opposing factions. On a similar occasion, the church bus driver, a 22-year-old newlywed, was killed. The Church was raided and temporarily seized by Fatah police in February 2007.In October 2007, one of Gaza Baptist Church's leaders, Rami Ayyad, was kidnapped, publicly beaten, and murdered by unidentified Islamic militants.After the murder of Ayyad, seven of the Church's leaders, including its pastor Hanna Massad, followed the advice of authorities and left Gaza. Massad moved with his family to Jordan and five of the other six moved to the West Bank near Bethlehem,some have not seen family members for years. Mas sad summarized the plight of Palestinian Christians as like living "between two fires. Muslim persecution and Israeli occupation...

Shortly after Litvinenko's death one of Litvinenko's associates, Akhmed Zakayev, Foreign Minister of Chechen government-in-exile who lived next door to Mr Litvinenko indicated that Litvinenko had converted to Islam the day before his death. As the coffin was lowered into the grave in Highgate cemetery, the funeral was interrupted by a Muslim imam invited by Zakayev who said Islamic prayers over the body. Litvinenko's wife, Marina, by contrast had wanted a non-denominational service at the grave. The split reflected a division over whether Litvinenko had converted to Islam the day before he died. Goldfarb stated, "Unfortunately some people appeared and against the explicit wishes of the widow performed Muslim rites over the funeral..

Litvinenko stated that "all the bloodiest terrorists of the world" were connected to FSB-KGB, including Carlos "The Jackal" Ramírez, Yassir Arafat, Saddam Hussein, Abdullah Öcalan, Wadie Haddad of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, George Hawi who led the Communist Party of Lebanon, Ezekias Papaioannou from Cyprus, Sean Garland from Ireland and many others." He says that all of them were trained, funded, and provided with weapons, explosives and counterfeit documents in order to carry out terrorist attacks worldwide and that each act of terrorism made by these people was carried out according to the task and under the rigid control of the KGB of the USSR...

When asked in an interview who he thought the originator of the 2005 bombings in London was, Litvinenko responded saying "You know, I have spoken about it earlier and I shall say now, that I know only one organization, which has made terrorism the main tool of solving of political problems. It is the Russian special services."On 1 September 2005, al-Zawahiri and Mohammad Sidique Khan claimed responsibility for the attacks for Al Qaeda on a video tape which aired on al-Jazeera.

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