Christmas in Egypt this year means 230,000 security forces to protect Christians. Close to a quarter-million security forces will stand guard outside Christmas celebrations throughout Egypt next week, following a series of church and mosque bombings that rocked the country earlier this year (Fox News).
Democracy Is Not the Cure for Terrorism. Analysts have blamed Egypt’s autocracy for a recent attack that killed hundreds. But that’s not what’s motivating the violence (The Atlantic).
First census reveals 174,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. The count was carried out by the government’s Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee in 12 refugee camps and about 150 informal Palestinian communities (Arab News).
For Palestinian Christians, Trump is Christmas killjoy. US Vice President Mike Pence may have postponed his visit, but Palestinian Christians still say Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is spoiling their Christmas (The Daily Star).