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Arson attack at Bethlehem’s St Charbel Monastery, probably the work of Islamic fundamentalists, says Maronite leader
The building, which was under renovation, suffered serious damages. The Palestinian Authority had allocated 100,000 dollars for the project. For Maronite official, the incident was an act of vandalism by Muslim radicals. Now local Christians are afraid. Still, life “must go on”.
27/12/2008 PALESTINE - ISRAEL
Tens of thousands of pilgrims in Bethlehem for Christmas
The celebration unfolded peacefully, under the control of the Palestinian police. The number of tourists is up in the city. But tension remains high in the surrounding area.
Reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah to start this week
The inter-Palestinian meeting between Fatah and Hamas could take place in a few days, according to the daily Asharq Al-Awsat. But location for the summit is contested: Fatah refuses to go to Damascus. Beirut and Sanaa possibilities.
Palestinians have a right to a homeland, but must reject terrorism, says Pope
In Bethlehem Benedict XVI “pleads” with all people of the region to “put aside grievances”. Twice he recalls the Gaza conflict. He asks the Palestinian people to become a “bridge for dialogue”. Abbas speaks of “apartheid”.
02/12/2015 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Churches of the world to unite with Bethlehem, and ring the bells of peace
In a world full of violence, conflict and terrorism, the Jerusalem Patriarchate plans an act of reconciliation. Every church and Christian place of worship is invited to ring its bells next Saturday night. The Custos begins Advent celebrations.
Gaza Christians banned from Bethlehem and celebrations even at Christmas
The desire of all Gaza Christians to celebrate Christmas in the place where Jesus was born. The Israeli government bans young people between 16 and 35 years from travelling to the West Bank for religious holidays. Hamas makes concessions for Christmas, but only for the secular aspect. The religious festival relegated to churches.
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