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ISRAEL – PALESTINE
With Gaza like a huge prison, Caritas Jerusalem is raising funds for Christmas gifts for Christians
The Catholic charity wants to raise US$ 50,000 to buy gifts for the Strip’s 350 Christian families who live in what the Caritas general director describes as a desperate situation, from which many want to escape. He does not want money or aid; instead, he calls on Western Christians to come “in pilgrimage” to the Holy Land, to show their tangible “closeness and solidarity”.
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.
15/01/2009 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Gaza Christians, powerless victims
Some 5,000 Christians amid 1.5 million people call the Gaza strip home. The parish priest of Gaza City keeps in touch with his parishioners via text messages. Those who have become homeless are sheltered by friends and relatives. Many use the oven in the Patriarchate’s school to bake break. Religious institutions outside the Strip are ready to take in children but cannot because of the Israeli blockade.
Gaza Christians hoping to go to Bethlehem for Christmas
Israel announces the issuance of special permits for the holidays. Delivery maybe 23 or 24 December. Only a year ago, 3 thousand Christians in Gaza were preparing to face the bombs of Cast Lead. Father Musallam, parish priest during the war: the permission to go to Bethlehem would be "a sign of hope for our families."
13/01/2009 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Fighting on periphery of Gaza; Ban Ki-moon going to Middle East
Urban warfare begins. Dozens of homes destroyed. 930 dead among the Palestinians; 4,200 injured. Olmert and Haniye are threatening each other. Ban Ki-moon continues calling for a ceasefire. Tomorrow, he will be in Egypt and Jordan, then in Israel and the West Bank.
Israel again hit by suicide attack, woman dies in Dimona
Two suicide bombers went into action in the town that is home to Israel’s nuclear reactor. Only one was able to blow himself up; the other was shot before he could the same. Many fear there will be more terrorist acts after the Gaza-Egypt border was unchecked for many days.
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