Sheffield art show shows "hope and hardness" of life in Bethlehem

Artists asked to respond to contemporary events as well as religious story.

Best books for newcomers to Palestine and its literature

A look at some of the best books for people new to the issue of Palestine.

"Open Bethlehem" film documents fight against wall, settlements

Palestinian filmmaker Leila Sansour calls attention to her city’s encirclement.

London church blocks its facade with replica of Israeli wall around Bethlehem

“This Christmas we’ve built a huge wall across the front of our church. We’d really like you to come and see it because its what the people of Bethlehem are experiencing today.”

The Month in Pictures: December 2012

4 January 2013

A monthly roundup of photographs documenting Palestine, Palestinian life, politics and culture, and international solidarity with Palestine.

Forbidden to celebrate: Israel's war on Christmas continues despite Netanyahu's claim of tolerance

A college removes a Christmas tree while Israel’s state-funded rabbis use their power to block Christmas celebrations at hotels and restaurants.

Merry Christmas from Gaza

Being a Muslim, I never celebrated Christmas myself, but having lots of Christian friends inside and outside Palestine has connected me to this day. I’ve always shared it with them one way or another, since I believe that religion shouldn’t stand as a barrier between human beings. Here, I describe how I celebrated Christmas and how Christians in Gaza celebrate it. I recall some of my childhood memories from my only visit to the Church of Nativity since I was 9 years old.

Christmas in Bethlehem

Bethlehem, the city of peace and the birthplace of Jesus Christ, has become a ghetto in the world we know today thanks to the Israeli occupation. With over 23 physical barriers surrounding the city, apartheid wall cutting through its outskirts, and settlements strangling the city of Bethlehem from all directions, the idea of living there or even visiting this holy city has become an unpleasant and dreadful idea.
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