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Carmen, left, and Michael Zoughbi are in Willmar this week for speaking engagements and will discuss Middle Eastern Christianity. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Palestinian couple to address Willmar audience on Middle Eastern Christianity


WILLMAR -- Michael Zoughbi, a Palestinian, proudly traces his Christian heritage back 1,000 years. He was born and raised in Bethlehem but considers the Holy Land his home.

At one time, Christians accounted for more than 45 percent of the population there. Now, the percentage is about 1.7 percent. Zoughbi says Christians are leaving the area to escape bad economic conditions and travel restrictions brought on by decades of Israeli occupation.

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David Little
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