Bethlehem – political poster city!
Bethlehem is normally seen as a religious centre but for the past few weeks the world’s most powerful players have come to talk and see.
Probably the most important was Senator John Kerry, US Secretary of State, who visited the Church of the Nativity, marvelled at the Roman tilework on the Christian church’s floor, and shopped at a nearby Palestinian shop for Palestinian handicrafts. Read More >>
list of Christmas events for December 2013 to January 2014 in Bethlehem
30/11 – Saturday:
11 am – Reception of his Paternity the Custos of the Holy Land at the Manger Square
5 pm – The Traditional Press Conference of Christmas at the Manger Square
01/12 – Sunday:
11 am – Opening of the Peace Center’s Christmas Market at the Manger Square + Children’s Parade – Youth Council and HCEF from the Catholic Action Center (Star Street) to Manger Square
6 pm – Beginning of the Christmas Tree Lightning Ceremony. Read More >>
Christmas Night Masses at Bethlehem
Everyone knows about the Christmas Eve Masses in Bethlehem, always celebrated at midnight in this town that saw the birth of the Savior of the world. Through the magic of television everyone can watch it live, and this year the Custody’s Internet site will offer an online transmission. But Christmas in Bethlehem is not just one Mass; it is not just this Mass. Read More >>
Media group calls on PA to release Bethlehem journalist
A Palestinian media rights group on Monday called on the Palestinian Authority to release the director of a Bethlehem radio station, a day after he was detained by PA security forces at his home.
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms said George Qanawati, Director of Radio Bethlehem 2000, was arrested by PA police forces on Sunday. Read more >>
New documentary challenges evangelical bonds with Israel
A new documentary about Palestinian Christians is challenging mainstream evangelical assumptions about the Holy Land in the United States.
As evangelical organizations hold events across the US presenting an unbreakable bond between Christians and Israel, first-time director Yasmine Perni tours American churches with a film that instead documents the plight of Palestinian Christians at the hands of Israel. Read more >>
Oh Crazy Town of Bethlehem
Lots of tourists go to Palestine, but I’d estimate that 90 percent of them do it as a strategic strike from Jerusalem to Manger Square in Bethlehem (about six miles away) to see the Church of the Nativity. They then return directly to Israel without spending a single shekel in restaurants or hotels. Obviously, there’s much more to experience in this country. Read more >>
Protest against visit of John Kerry
With unambiguous banners, 50 people protested US-Foreign Minister John Kerry’s visit to Bethlehem on Wednesday. Kerry met with President Mahmoud Abbas (Fatah) in an attempt to revive the faltering peace talks between Israel and the PLO. Activists expressed their rejection of the peace process under the mediation of the United States. Read more >>
Welcome to Bethlehem, Secretary Kerry
Dear Secretary Kerry,
You are most welcome to the holy city of Bethlehem. It is an honor for me, as the mayor of Bethlehem, to welcome you on your most recent trip to our occupied homeland, in order to achieve the two-state solution, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. The nobility of your goal makes me extremely proud of your visit, and particularly because Bethlehem serves for many as an eye-opener. Read more >>