The Hungarian government has earmarked 20,000 euros to support Palestinian Christians in the West Bank at the time of the coronavirus pandemic, the head of Hungary’s Representative Office in Ramallah said. Csaba Rada paid a visit to Beit Sahour near Bethlehem where he met local Christian leaders and assured them of Hungary’s solidarity and support. He signed an agreement with the director of the local Greek Catholic school on the Hungarian government’s financial contribution to the school’s maintenance and infrastructural development.
The event was attended by the local leaders of Christian churches, the mayor and Nassar Khamis, Hungary’s honorary consul in Bethlehem. Rada stressed Hungary’s commitment towards supporting Christian communities in the Holy Land. He told MTI that the support is to demonstrate that even at a time when a crisis is hitting every country the Hungarian government will continue to help local Christian communities. After the meeting, Rada and his delegation travelled on to nearby Beit Jala where they visited the Saint Nicholas elderly care home and handed over medical and sanitation aid to help coronavirus protection.
Hungary has provided financial support and material donation to Christian communities in the Holy Land over several years. The programme formed part of the government’s Hungary Helps humanitarian scheme supporting persecuted Christian communities.