Wednesday, December 22, 2010

O Lost Town of Bethlehem

Ahhhh... tis the season for linking the suffering of Palestinians to the suffering of Christ, for claiming that Israel is forcing Christians out of Bethlehem and on and on. For this year's rendition and excellent analysis read the Elder on why, according to Faisal Hijazin, Parish Priest of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Ramallah, this may be the last Christmas in Bethlehem:

"This Christmas, Christians around the world will be singing such Christmas Carols as “O Little Town of Bethlehem” without knowing that in truth, they could soon be singing of a town where you can no longer find the living presence of Christ, the community of those baptized into his body, the Church; “O Lost Town of Bethlehem” could be a more accurate sentiment when Christians awake to find that the Christian presence in this small holy city has, after 2,000 years, come to an end. "

And then read this 'news package' from the groovy alternative tabloid of the Pacific Northwest:

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(BETHLEHEM) - In this time of year, people around the world celebrate.
They celebrate the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem Palestine.
They celebrate a birth that was meant to propagate a set of ideals to make the world a better place. 2010 years later, that same birthplace is plagued by a regime that practices the exact opposite of those ideals.
Bethlehem is surrounded by a racist wall of biblical proportions, by regime which is racist to biblical proportions. Yet people celebrate.
But that is OK. The people of Palestine also celebrate. They need to, as any other people would need to celebrate. After all it is the season to make exceptions.
You can read the whole thing here.

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