Christianity originated in the Holy Land and has maintained an important presence in the Land of Israel over the centuries. The Christian communities and the Christian holy places in Israel are held in special regard both by the Christian world and the State of Israel.

The Christian population of Israel numbers about 161,000 (Dec. 2013), about 2% of Israel’s total population. The majority are Christian Arab Israelis, while approximately twenty percent of Israel’s Christian citizens are new immigrants and their children, most of whom migrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union in the 1990’s.

Kafr Yasif is an Arab town in the North District of Israel. It is located 11 kilometers (6.8 mi) northeast of the city of Acre and adjacent to Abu Sinan. The population of Kafr Yasif is largely Christian (57%) with a significant Muslim minority (40%), and a small Druze community.

I have visited the village during Easter as I was eager to experience the festivities in a remote village rather than Jerusalem or Bethlehem which attract many pilgrims and tourists. I enjoyed the sense of community and the simplicity of the local celebration as much as I appreciated the heterogeneity of the population and its way of respecting one another.

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One Response to “Israel, Easter in Kfar Yasif, Israel 2014” Subscribe

  1. Lisa Weiss February 5, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    Ruti – your pictures are stunning. I love the light that you capture, as well as how saturated the colors are.

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