West Bank Christians can’t avoid mixing politics with Christmas

On the surface, Christmas preparations are back with a vengeance in the Bethlehem area after two bleak pandemic years. In Beit Sahour, a small town that borders Bethlehem, where Christians believe the angels announced the birth of Jesus, Christmas bling adorns almost every business. Tour groups file in and out of the grounds of the […]

Israel criticized for refusing Gaza Christians visas to Bethlehem – REPORT

Arab media is reporting that the Israeli government denied entry visas to about 260 Christians from Gaza to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem.  The report, first appearing in WAFA news, cited Kamel Ayyad, the director of public relations for the Gaza Greek Orthodox Church. Ayyad stated that the church had provided the Palestinian Civil Affairs Authority […]

Christians in Bethlehem accuse Palestinian Authority of ‘hijacking’ Christmas

The Palestinian Authority canceled a press conference to present the program of the upcoming Christmas celebrations that was going to take place in Ramallah on Thursday, the Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday. According to the report, in the past, the pre-Christmas press conference had always been organized in the city of Bethlehem. The change of venue […]

Christians are attacked in Bethlehem. A rabbi calls on Israel to intervene

A series of attacks targeting Christians and Christian sites in the Bethlehem area has many faith leaders deeply concerned. The persecution is threatening the existence of the oldest Christian community in the world. There has been a marked uptick in religiously motivated attacks by Palestinian Muslims on Christians in Bethlehem. Just over two weeks ago, […]


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