Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bethlehem

  • Bethlehem gets ready for Christmas | December 21, 2016
    Watch: Despite a lack of funding to restore the world-famous Church of the Nativity and competition from Israeli tour operators, locals are determined to draw visitors and promote Palestine beyond religious sites. .....
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  • From Aida to Shuafat, Part One | March 11, 2015
    Wandering back through the squalor of Aza’s winding alleyways toward the main road leading back into Bethlehem, it seemed hard not to share in Shadi’s pessimism. “Give me a call if you ever need any more information about Aza – I’ll still be here,” he said as he bade farewell. .....
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  • Israel to expand settlement bloc in West Bank ‘in response to terrorism’ | September 10, 2014
    “Building is our answer to murder,” said Naftali Bennett during his visit to the Gush Etzion settlement bloc in the West Bank on 1 September. Bennett, the Israeli Minister of Economy and Trade, was referring to a government proposal to annex 400 hectares of land south of Bethlehem which was presented the day before. He linked the land-grab to ... .....
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  • Know thy heritage, and share it with the world | June 27, 2014
    While the Bethlehem Marching Band’s music echoed in the narrow streets of the town’s Old City, forty young Palestinians made their way to Manger Square. None of them grew up in Palestine, and most of them were seeing the country for the first time. On Sunday the 15 June they where welcomed to their homeland with speeches, music and dance... .....
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  • Pope Francis I visits Bethlehem | May 27, 2014
    It was a scene of pure elation in Nativity Square in Bethlehem on Sunday as Palestinians celebrated the visit of Pope Francis I. Welcomed by Palestinian Christians, Muslims and tourists alike, the Pope held mass in the square for crowd of approximately 7,000 people. .....
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  • The village of Al-Walaja commemorates Nakba day | May 17, 2014
    Men, women and children of all ages gathered on Thursday in the village of Al-Walaja, just outside of Bethlehem, to remember those from their homes and land during the 1948 Nakba. With the ever-recognizable sound of Israeli military vehicle horns, the familiar crack of tear gas canisters and the constantly present helmeted soldiers ... .....
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  • Bethlehem Runs Rings Around the Wall | April 22, 2013
    On Sunday, roughly 500 people ran in the Right to Movement Marathon, the first marathon to take place in the West Bank. The marathon was held in Bethlehem, a city that bumps up against the Apartheid Wall, a fact which presented runners and race organizers with unique challenges.  Zuher Tmeza, the coordinator for Right to Movement‘s Information... .....
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  • A prosperous Christmas in Bethlehem | December 26, 2012
    Thousands of tourists, pilgrims and locals lined the streets of Bethlehem and gathered in the city’s Manger Square on Christmas Eve. Reigned as the most popular tourist destination in the West Bank, the city is to host around 115,000 internationals over the Christmas period, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. .....
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