Tagged: Bethlehem

Photo Essay: Christmas in Palestine 2018 Photo Essays
IMEU

Photo Essay: Christmas in Palestine 2018

In photos: Palestinians from Bethlehem to Nazareth participate in Christmas celebrations despite Israel's continuous efforts to erase Palestinian traditions and Palestinian Christian lives.

on December 20, 2018
INSIGHT: Bethlehem Prepares For Christmas News & Analysis
Reuters

INSIGHT: Bethlehem Prepares For Christmas

The town of Bethlehem, revered as the birthplace of Jesus, kicked off preparations for the festive season by erecting and lighting a giant Christmas tree outside the Church of Nativity.

on December 12, 2018
Teen Palestinian Rappers Leave Refugee Camp To Bring Message Of Freedom To U.S. News Roundup
Michael Hamad, Hartford Courant

Teen Palestinian Rappers Leave Refugee Camp To Bring Message Of Freedom To U.S.

Wherever you go, teenagers want to sing and dance. Palestinian teens living in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank of Israel, want others things, too: security, freedom, hope for the future. "We want our rights, as human beings, as children, as teenagers," says Sireen Khamis, 16.

on March 24, 2017
Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem Wins Wildly Popular ‘Arab Idol’ Song Contest News Roundup
William Booth, The Washington Post

Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem Wins Wildly Popular ‘Arab Idol’ Song Contest

Thousands gathered in the holy city’s Manger Square late Saturday night to watch one of their own win the “Arab Idol” song contest, the wildly popular ratings monster that brings the...

on February 26, 2017
‘Return Train’ Tours Bethlehem for Nakba anniversary News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

‘Return Train’ Tours Bethlehem for Nakba anniversary

A "Return Train" traveled through part of the occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem on Sunday morning, as a symbolic demonstration of the right of Palestinian refugees to return to the homes and villages they were forcibly displaced from 68 years ago during the creation of Israel.

on May 15, 2016
After 15 Years in Gaza, Nativity Church Deportees Ask to Return to Bethlehem News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

After 15 Years in Gaza, Nativity Church Deportees Ask to Return to Bethlehem

A group of Palestinians deported to the Gaza Strip following the 2002 siege on the Nativity Church in Bethlehem rallied outside UN offices on Tuesday, commemorating their 15th year in exile as they urged the international organization to help them return to their homes in Bethlehem.

on May 10, 2016
Christians in Palestine: Life Defined by Borders, Walls and Expropriation News Roundup
Victor Gaetan, National Catholic Register

Christians in Palestine: Life Defined by Borders, Walls and Expropriation

Good news for Christians in the Holy Land generally comes with a subtext of anguish. The only Catholic parish in the Gaza Strip — a 26-mile-long slice of territory on the Mediterranean squeezed between Israel and Egypt — managed to get permits for 857 Christians to travel to Bethlehem and Jerusalem. That’s about 66% of Gaza’s entire Christian population of 1,300, which includes some 130 Catholics.

on April 6, 2016
Israeli Court Extends Detention of Young Palestinian Boy News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli Court Extends Detention of Young Palestinian Boy

An Israeli military court in the Ofer prison extended the detention of a young Palestinian boy on Sunday, his family told Ma’an. Ahmad Omar al-Atrash, 13, from the al-Duheisha refugee camp near Bethlehem, will remain in Israeli prison custody until at least Thursday. Ahmad’s family said that his parents were initially prevented from visiting him, but that his lawyer interfered and allowed them to see him for a few minutes.

on January 24, 2016
Bethlehem Celebrates Another Occupied Christmas Op-Eds & Analysis
Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah, Haaretz

Bethlehem Celebrates Another Occupied Christmas

At this holy time of the year, Bethlehem, the city of the Nativity, stands at the center of attention of the whole world. What the world might overlook as it watches is that the very city where Jesus was born celebrates yet another occupied Christmas. This year, Israel, a self-proclaimed “safe haven” for Christians, has presented to Bethlehem a few unwelcome Christmas gifts.

on December 23, 2015
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