Tagged: Christmas

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Held in Condemned Bedouin Village News Roundup
Bel Trew, Independent

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Held in Condemned Bedouin Village

A Christmas tree lighting ceremony was held in Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village in the West Bank, that this year has been the focus of international outcry after an Israeli court ordered it be demolished.

on January 6, 2019
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
I’m a N.J. Muslim: How I Celebrate Jesus’ Birth With My Family Op-Eds & Analysis
Abed Awad, Star-Ledger

I’m a N.J. Muslim: How I Celebrate Jesus’ Birth With My Family

Jesus has been a key moral figure in my religious upbringing. I was born in New Jersey but my parents relocated to Palestine when I was in second grade. In Palestine, I attended the Quaker Friends Boys School. Yes, there are many Palestinian Christians, including Quakers. We learned about Liberation Theology...

on December 24, 2016
“Christmas Has No Place in the Holy Land”: Far-right Israeli Leader Wants to Expel Christians… News Roundup
Ben Norton, Salon

“Christmas Has No Place in the Holy Land”: Far-right Israeli Leader Wants to Expel Christians…

“Christmas has no place in the Holy Land,” insists Benzion Gopstein, the leader of a far-right Israeli group that has indirectly received support from the government. According to Gopstein, Christians are “vampires and blood suckers” that must be expelled from Israel, the U.S.’ closest ally. “Let us remove the vampires before they once again drink our blood,” he wrote in a recent article on an ultra-Orthodox website.

on December 26, 2015
Palestinian Christians Have Got as Much Christmas Spirit as Anyone — See for Yourself News Roundup
Natasha Noman, Mic

Palestinian Christians Have Got as Much Christmas Spirit as Anyone — See for Yourself

When people think of Palestine and religion, the Muslim–Jewish conflict invariably comes to mind. But this association overlooks the 11% of Christian Palestinians who also live there — and who endure surprisingly similar prejudices to their Muslim counterparts. "Christians suffer from the same discrimination and marginalization facing the rest of the Palestinian community," the Huffington Post...

on December 24, 2015
Christmas in Bethlehem Is A Palestinian Message of Hope Op-Eds & Analysis
Nabil Shaath, Newsweek

Christmas in Bethlehem Is A Palestinian Message of Hope

One of the most beautiful memories of my childhood in Jaffa is the Christmas ceremonies, and the trees, when the various Christian communities would prepare colorful celebrations and many would make their way to Bethlehem. Just as during the Muslim festivities of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr, all Palestinians would celebrate together.

on December 23, 2015
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
Christmas in Palestine Photo Essays
IMEU

Christmas in Palestine

From Bethlehem to Nazareth to the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Christians — a group that many people don't know exist — are taking a breath from the daily struggles of life under occupation to enjoy tree lightings and time with family. Palestinian Christians make up over 10 percent of the Palestinian population worldwide.

on December 23, 2015
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