“Moreover, long-term problems appeared which had to do with the position of Palestinian Christians in society, and which demanded concerted action on their part. A major problem was the appearance of religious tendencies in the course of the [First] Intifada. Islamicist movements tended to impose conservative standards especially on women’s dress and behavior in society. Another major problem was the emigration of the Christian minority discussed before.
From the Bethlehem Community Book (Bethlehem: Arab Education Institute, 1999), p 117
Many of the Christians (and Muslims) I have spoken with recently identify the First Intifada as the beginning of the rise of militant and intolerant Islam in the West Bank. Nice to find something like this in writing produced largely by Palestinians.
These insights are incorporated into the essay I co-authored with Phil Sumpter and which was recently presented in Rome.