The only Christian TV station in the Holy Land will stop its broadcasts at the end of this month because of reported death threats, trouble with the Palestinian authorities and insurmountable financial debts. The Nativity (‘Al Mahed’ in Arabic ) has been broadcasting since 1996 and has become known as a unique voice of Christianity from the Middle East.
“Christians have never been allowed much space in the public media of the Arab World; public space is seen as space for Islam,” explained the International Director of Arab Vision. “It is very sad that the one clear voice for the Gospel on TV in the Palestinian territories is now silenced.”
The station has been broadcasting masses and other services, a weekly Christian programme, news and entertainment, and even Muslim prayers on Fridays. It was particularly popular during the siege of the Church of the Nativity in 2002 as it covered the event 24 hours a day for six weeks.