Tagged: Christmas

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
After 2,000 Years, Christians Disappearing From Gaza News Roundup
Matthew Vickery, USA Today

After 2,000 Years, Christians Disappearing From Gaza

Dim lighting and candles softly illuminate decorative tapestries as the smell of incense fills the air and the harmonic sound of hundreds singing in unison drifts onto a busy street next to an overflowing church on a wet and windy Sunday morning. Despite the packed pews at Gaza’s Church of St. Porphyrius just weeks before Christmas, Christianity is not booming here.

on December 20, 2015
Turmoil in Holy Land to Overshadow Christmas Celebrations News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Turmoil in Holy Land to Overshadow Christmas Celebrations

The towering Christmas tree on Bethlehem’s Manger Square has officially been lit, but this year’s festivities look set to be dampened by ongoing unrest across the Holy Land. “We cannot forget what is going on, that there are people suffering,” said Father Jamal Khader, the rector of the Latin Patriarchate, which traditionally leads Bethlehem’s Christmas celebrations. “People are losing hope in a future of peace.”

on December 6, 2015
Christmas in Bethlehem Photo Essays
IMEU

Christmas in Bethlehem

The streets of Bethlehem are filled with people, lights, and decorations every season around the Christmas holiday. While the Israeli occupation severely limits Palestinian movement to, from, and within the city believed to be Jesus' birthplace, thousands of Palestinians and visitors from around the world gather and celebrate with a great assortment of daily festivities.

on December 27, 2014
Thousands gather in Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Thousands gather in Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations

Tens of thousands of Palestinian and international pilgrims crowded the streets of Bethlehem on Wednesday to mark Christmas according to the Western Christian calendar.

on December 24, 2014
Bethlehem’s Tourism Industry Suffers in Wake of Bloody Gaza War News Roundup
Lawahez Jabari & Alexander Smith, NBC News

Bethlehem’s Tourism Industry Suffers in Wake of Bloody Gaza War

Bethlehem was once the town with no room at the inn. But a year of heightened conflict and political tension between Israelis and Palestinians means that hasn't been the case in the West Bank city this Christmas season.

on December 20, 2014
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