WASHINGTON ‚Äď When Saeed and Nasser Salame, Arab brothers and residents of Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority, converted from Islam to Christianity, they didn't know it would cost them their homes, their friends ‚Äď possibly even their lives.
Nasser Salam was an active member of Fatah, Arafat's own party, when he converted. For this "crime" of conscience, he was imprisoned and tortured, according to a French Christian group and the Religious Freedom Council.
The brothers decided their only hope was to escape to Israel ‚Äď and then, perhaps, to France or some other Western nation where they could practice their new faith freely.
With one of them facing a death sentence, they escaped from a Palestinian Authority jail and made it to Israel.