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  • THE MARVEL OF CHRISTMAS

    12/21/2009 8:20:54 AM PST · by freedomyes · 4 replies · 351+ views
    TownHall ^ | Dec 21 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    Christmas is heaven's marvel. It is beyond us and yet with us. The birth of God! It took place in Bethlehem. The theologians refer to this marvel as the "incarnation." This is truly the marvelous paradox in our midst: God had no beginning, yet Bethlehem is his start. God is the author of life, yet he comes to life in a castoff barn. God, the creator of all, is created in Mary's womb. The Eternal One becomes earth-bound. The Invisible becomes visible. The Immortal becomes mortal. The Immeasurable becomes measurable. The Timeless and Spatially Limitless One becomes logged into this...
  • If Palestinians Get Their Way, Say Goodbye to the Church of the Nativity

    12/20/2009 1:19:17 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 480+ views
    A message to observant Christians, you should know that if there ever is a Palestinian State you can say goodbye to holy sites Church of the Nativity and the Church of the Ascension. Christian holy sites and populations are endangered whenever Palestinians gain control. Christian towns and churches, including the sacred Church of the Nativity, have been used as bases for Palestinian snipers and launching-sites for terrorist attacks. Many historically Christian towns that came under Palestinian control through Oslo — Bethlehem being only the most famous example — quickly lost their Christian majority as those citizens steadily fled Muslim oppression...
  • Christians to have free access to Bethlehem during Christmas

    12/18/2009 10:23:59 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 722+ views
    J Post ^ | December 14, 2009 | MATTHEW WAGNER
    Christian leaders representing a wide spectrum of sects were assured Monday morning by the commander of the IDF's Civil Administration Bethlehem Coordination and Liaison Office that Christian pilgrims would have free access to the birthplace of Jesus during the Christmas holiday. Priests, archbishops and friars representing Latin Catholic, Coptic, Greek Orthodox, Franciscan, Lutheran, Anglican, Syrian Orthodox, Ethiopian and Armenian Christian sects met with Lt.-Col. Eyad Sirhan, the Druse commander responsible for orchestrating pilgrimages by a diverse collection of Christian faithful. Some wore the black and white collar of the priest, others wore robes and traditional hats. Conversation was conducted in...
  • The Innkeeper's Tale

    12/18/2009 7:11:24 AM PST · by mshoffner · 238+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 12/18/2009 | Mark Shoffner
    A memory of an innkeeper was published in the Nov. 22, 2006 edition of the local paper. Authored by Ralph Wilson of Joyful Heart Ministries. Finding it a unique take on the Christmas story, for the season, I have decided to add it to my column. For the rest of the writing period before Christmas, I will be doing articles on the holiday and its traditions. Please enjoy. They think I'm some kind of cruel, heartless landlord. Someone must have told them that. But they're wrong, just plain wrong, and it's time to set the record straight, once and for...
  • CHRISTMAS: SMALL COUNTS BIG

    12/14/2009 2:27:06 PM PST · by freedomyes · 2 replies · 264+ views
    jgrantswankjr ^ | Dec 14 09 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    After all, Christmas offers nothing but small.
  • Palestinians are Targeting Mother Rachel

    10/30/2009 1:26:42 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 235+ views
    Mann News/ The Lid ^ | 10/31/09 | The Lid
    Bethlehem – Ma’an News-Rachel’s Tomb lies behind Israel’s eight-meter concrete separation wall in a fortified enclave close to the center of Bethlehem. The wall criss-crosses Bethlehem, blocking the main road to Jerusalem, encircling a refugee camp and looming over the upscale Intercontinental hotel. Right-wing religious groups petitioned Israel’s highest court in 2004 to re-route the wall to include the tomb on the western side. To this day the site, formerly known as the location of the Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque, is accessible only from the Israeli side. A major strategy of the Palestinians in their goal of ultimately taking over...
  • Tried by Fire: Bethlehem’s Remnant

    10/22/2009 12:01:50 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 7 replies · 441+ views
    CBN ^ | 21 Oct | Gary Lane
    BETHLEHEM - One of the untold stories of the Middle East is what is happening to the Christian population. Many are fleeing areas like the West Bank city of Bethlehem because Muslims are persecuting them. Bethlehem is the birthplace of Christ and was once a Christian city. But today Christians are only about 10 to 15 percent of the population. Some observers say if the mass exodus continues, within another generation it could become a city of Christian holy sites without any Christian residents. Justice Weiner believes that is happening. He has spent years investigating persecution and the exodus of...
  • Fatah Conference in Bethlehem: Will they renounce armed struggle?

    08/04/2009 3:11:15 AM PDT · by jerusalemjudy · 2 replies · 322+ views
    Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | August 4 2009 | Pinchas Inbari
    Many observers are watching to see to what extent Fatah's Sixth General Congress will advance or retard the prospects for re-launching the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. In this regard, the crucial question is: Is Fatah going to waive its historical principle of "armed struggle" and devote itself to peace negotiations based on compromise? The two relevant documents to be discussed and approved by the Fatah Congress are the Political Program and Fatah's "Internal Order." The Political Program might be seen as reflecting progress in terms of accepting a political solution and rejecting violence - but it falls...
  • The Beleaguered Christians in Bethlehem

    06/27/2009 2:47:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies · 329+ views
    Christian families have long been complaining of intimidation and land theft by Muslims, especially those working for the Palestinian Authority. Many Christians in Bethlehem and the nearby [Christian] towns of Bet Sahour and Bet Jalla have repeatedly complained that Muslims have been seizing their lands either by force or through forged documents. In recent years, not only has the number of Christians continued to dwindle, but Bethlehem and its surroundings also became hotbeds for Hamas and Islamic Jihad supporters and members. Moreover, several Christian women living in these areas have complained about verbal and sexual assaults by Muslim men. .....
  • The Beleaguered Christians in Bethlehem

    06/27/2009 2:53:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies · 377+ views
    Hudson New York ^ | 5/12/09 | Khaled Abu Toami
    Christian families have long been complaining of intimidation and land theft by Muslims, especially those working for the Palestinian Authority. Many Christians in Bethlehem and the nearby [Christian] towns of Bet Sahour and Bet Jalla have repeatedly complained that Muslims have been seizing their lands either by force or through forged documents. In recent years, not only has the number of Christians continued to dwindle, but Bethlehem and its surroundings also became hotbeds for Hamas and Islamic Jihad supporters and members. Moreover, several Christian women living in these areas have complained about verbal and sexual assaults by Muslim men. .....
  • Intact ancient tomb uncovered in Bethlehem

    06/23/2009 1:39:58 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies · 756+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2009 | NASSER SHIYOUKHI
    Workers renovating a house in the traditional town of Jesus' birth accidentally discovered an untouched ancient tomb containing clay pots, plates, beads and the bones of two humans, a Palestinian antiquities official said Tuesday.
  • Pope says Bethlehem wall "can be taken down"

    05/13/2009 8:40:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies · 834+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 5/14/09 | Philip Pullella & Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh
    Pope says Bethlehem wall "can be taken down"Reuters - Thursday, May 14 By Philip Pullella and Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Pope Benedict on Wednesday said the fortified Israeli wall dividing Bethlehem from Jerusalem could be taken down, if Israel and the Palestinians could remove the walls around their hearts. On a visit to the town where Christians believe the son of God was born, he said he had seen "overshadowing much of Bethlehem, the wall that intrudes into your territories, separating neighbours and dividing families." "Although walls can be easily built, we all know that they do...
  • Molotov Cocktail Hits Christian Mayor's Car (JERUSALEM)

    04/26/2009 3:54:03 PM PDT · by kellynla · 7 replies · 480+ views
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | April 26, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – A Molotov cocktail and gunshots targeted the car of Bethlehem's Christian mayor yesterday, as local leaders there quietly fingered Islamists for attempting to intimidate Christians in one of the most important cities for Christianity. "It's in retaliation for the Passover festivities we held two weeks ago," claimed one Bethlehem Christian leader, speaking to WND on condition of anonymity out of fear for his life. "We had very loud and public Christian displays," he said. "Now they (Islamists) want to send us a message not to get too comfortable." Mayor Victor Batarsa's car was hit while it was parked...
  • Still the question of birth -- Mombassa or Bethlehem?

    12/29/2008 9:51:13 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 28 replies · 1,215+ views
    Renew America ^ | Clenard Childress | Clenard Childress
    Sixty-six percent of American citizens will celebrate Christmas this season as a religious holiday. It is the day of the year where the globe recognizes the birth of the Messiah, the child called Jesus who was born "away in a manger" in the town of Bethlehem. The place of the birth of the Messiah was extremely important due to the promise made by God, prophesied by Micah. This Old Testament Seer proclaimed the Christ child would be born in the town of Bethlehem. The Scribes and Chief Priest living at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ validated and...
  • Bethlehem fills up with Christmas pilgrims

    12/24/2008 7:53:36 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 24, 2008 | Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - Thousands of Christian pilgrims gathered in Bethlehem's Manger Square on Wednesday to celebrate Christmas under the protection of security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. About 500 security men arrived from the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Jericho to provide security for the holiday. Similar deployments have taken place across the West Bank over the past year with U.S. backing. "We expect about 40,000 visitors in Bethlehem this week," said Khouloud Daibes-Abu Dayyeh, the Palestinian Authority's minister of tourism. The estimate includes Christians from the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Israel and the...
  • America and 'The Door of Humility'

    12/21/2008 3:19:06 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 416+ views
    Renew America ^ | December 21, 2008 | By Rev. Mark H. Creech
    "It is supremely fitting that every man should approach the infant Jesus upon his knees." In Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity originally built by the Christian Emperor Constantine during the fourth century is located above a cave that legend holds is the place of Christ's birth. It's impossible to know whether the spot truly is where the Virgin Mary delivered the Son of God. Nevertheless, one interesting fact about the Church is that all pilgrims who venture to see the supposed place where the holy child was laid in a manger must first enter through The Door of Humility....
  • Will Palestinians Destroy the Church of the Nativity ?

    A message to observant Christians, you should know that if there ever is a Palestinian State you can say goodbye to holy sites Church of the Nativity and the Church of the Ascension. Christian holy sites and populations are endangered whenever Palestinians gain control. Christian towns and churches, including the sacred Church of the Nativity, have been used as bases for Palestinian snipers and launching-sites for terrorist attacks. Many historically Christian towns that came under Palestinian control through Oslo — Bethlehem being only the most famous example — quickly lost their Christian majority as those citizens steadily fled Muslim oppression...
  • Thousands of pilgrims in Bethlehem for Christmas. But life remains difficult for Christians

    12/18/2008 10:02:31 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 333+ views
    Asia News ^ | 12/17/2008
    "The flow of foreign tourists had suffered the consequences of the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 2008 showed a reversal in the trend. Fr. Pizzaballa tells AsiaNews that this "was a truly unusual year for everyone: numbers never seen before, much greater than those recorded in 2000...."
  • BBC has got a Muslim trying to rewrite historic Jewish Jesus from Judea

    12/17/2008 8:56:28 AM PST · by PRePublic · 6 replies · 744+ views
    BBC has got a Muslim trying to rewrite historic Jewish Jesus from Judea (attempting -- to no avail -- to "Arabize"& confuse JUDEA with Arabia...). Accompanied with a typical Islamic-bigotry's bombarding propaganda of the "bad" Israelis that dare to try fight the Arab Muslim (invaders) that terrorize the Jews (with security checkpoints). http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7784227.stm BBC's Aleem Maqbool: The road to Bethlehem
  • Pope to make rare visit to Israel in May, following months of Jewish-Catholic tension

    11/27/2008 11:24:41 AM PST · by philly-d-kidder · 6 replies · 335+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | 27 November 2008 | Anshel Pfeffer
    Pope Benedict XVI is set to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories in May 2009 after accepting an invitation by President Shimon Peres. The Vatican and Israel are said, thus, to hopefully end the high tension of recent months between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people over the initiative of canonizing Pope Pius XII. This visit, which would be the third visit of a pope to Israel since the establishment of the state, has not yet been officially confirmed. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1041322.html
  • 'Palestinian' Islamic Apartheid Persecution of Christians [Updated Aug. 2008]

    08/24/2008 6:27:59 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 2 replies · 543+ views
    Arab Muslim Palestinians' Persecution of Christians DHIMMITUDE, ISLAMIC APARTHEIDArab "Palestinian" Christians have been suffering and STILL suffer from Arab "Palestinian" Muslim majority.Just like the Arab Christian Lebanese in "Damour" (Yasir Arafat´s Planned Christian Genocide http://www.chretiens-et-juifs.org/article.php?voir%5B%5D=594&voir%5B%5D=3532 , Hobeika - Damour http://www.free-lebanon.com/LFPNews/hobeika_damour/hobeika_damour.html), where "Palestinian" Muslims massacred Christians senselessly, which brought the reprisal by Arab Christians upon Arab "Palestinian" Muslims in Sabra & shatila. The Islamization of Bethlehem that has started by Yasser Arafat has forced Christians out.The "Palestinian" Christians are forced to join the senseless criminal violence against Israeli victims, otherwise they are threatened. Some Arab "Palestinians" that might be Christian won't...
  • Paris, Palestine and Pledges

    03/13/2008 6:21:47 PM PDT · by peter91 · 3 replies · 332+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12 March 2008 | david singer
    Tony Blair has found that it doesn’t take too much to wipe the smile off one’s face when trying to resolve the competing Arab and Jewish claims to the territory once called Palestine - known today as Israel, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza.
  • Little Libel on Bethlehem

    01/03/2008 5:57:47 PM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies · 92+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | January, 2008 | David Billet
    On the eve of Christmas, an op-ed by Kenneth L. Woodward, the former religion editor and now contributing editor of Newsweek, appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Titled "The Plight of Bethlehem," it enumerated a number of ways in which the Jewish state imposes hardships on Christians in the Holy Land. According to Woodward, Israel restricts their movement and their access to holy sites; squeezes them economically in cities like Bethlehem; and confiscates their land for its security fence and for Jewish settlements. Woodward closes by reminding Israel that it would be a mistake to “lose” the good will of...
  • Relics revered as Jesus' crib degrading fast, say church officials

    12/31/2007 9:29:13 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies · 84+ views
    CNS ^ | December 28, 2007
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The relics venerated as the crib the baby Jesus used in a Bethlehem grotto are in an alarming state of degradation, some church officials said. The remains have become so fragile that officials at Rome's Basilica of St. Mary Major, where the crib is located, decided to suspend this year's annual Christmas Eve tradition when the relics are carried from the crypt beneath the main altar in a procession around the basilica and displayed in front of the altar all Christmas Day. Two of the five wooden slats are showing signs of "troublesome deterioration," Msgr. Emilio...
  • Star of Bethlehem

    12/24/2007 7:41:21 PM PST · by ZULU · 13 replies · 118+ views
    Michael R. Molnar ^ | 1997 | Michael R. Molnar
    Could the purchase of an ancient coin have led to an important clue about the Star of Bethlehem? The above illustration is a Roman coin from Antioch, Syria which shows the zodiacal sign, Aries the Ram. In trying to understand the meaning behind this coin, I found that Aries was the sign of the Jews. Realizing that this is where ancient stargazers would have watched for the Star of Bethlehem, I embarked on searching for the celestial event that signified the birth of the Messiah in Judea. Superposed on the photograph of the coin is what I found: Jupiter underwent...
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM EUROPE!!

    12/24/2007 6:16:40 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 52 replies · 262+ views
    12/24/2007 | WesternCulture
    Christmas, they say, is a time to be with your family. From my perspective, 'family' is, in one way, a wider community than most of us acknowledge. Personally, I view not only my parents, my brother and my relatives here in Sweden as 'my family'. 'My family' also includes all the hard working inhabitants of Gothenburg/Göteborg - the city where I live, it also includes the nation of Sweden, it includes Scandinavia, it encompasses Europe and at least to me, it is also the whole of the Western World. When I have visited other great Western nations, be it Italy,...
  • Media's two-faced Christmas coverage [Muslims driving Christians out of Bethlehem]

    12/24/2007 1:40:04 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 7 replies · 316+ views
    Ynet ^ | December 24, 2007 | Aaron Klein
    Ah, Christmas in Bethlehem. Manger Square is ablaze with colorful lights. The weather is usually a bit chilly. Aggressive merchants bombard passersby with “special sales” on all kinds of cedar wood statues and religious carvings. And like clockwork, the mainstream media descend upon this city every year to ignore rampant Muslim intimidation of Christians and instead blast Israel - often with completely inaccurate information - for ruining Christmas and for the drastic decline of Christianity in one of the holiest cities for that religion. Take a widely circulated piece by McClatchy Newspapers writers Dion Nissenbaum and Cliff Churgin. The piece,...
  • The Plight of Bethlehem("Why Christians can't visit the holy shrines in Jerusalem.")

    12/24/2007 6:52:03 AM PST · by kellynla · 21 replies · 199+ views
    wsj.com ^ | December 24, 2007 | KENNETH L. WOODWARD
    A mere nine kilometers separates Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, from Jerusalem, where he was crucified, died and was buried. Pilgrims can easily visit both the Church of the Nativity and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in half a day--as long as they are not Palestinian Christians. Israel's security wall, its restrictive exit permit system, roadblocks and military checkpoints now make it impossible for most Holy Land Christians to visit the shrines that, for all Christians, make the Holy Land holy. Like East Jerusalem, Bethlehem is part of the West Bank, not the State of Israel. Temporary exit visas...
  • Jimmy Carter the Criminal

    12/16/2007 1:40:50 AM PST · by PRePublic · 7 replies · 537+ views
    JIMMY CARTER THE CRIMINAL   Jimmy Carter - infamous worst ex US president that is largely at fault for the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran (by putting extra pressure on the Shah), ultimately resulting in 1) Islamic Republic of Iran's oppression of millions of Persians, and 2) the planet in peril at the hands of that nation's mullahs' nukes.   Jimmy Carter has his hands blooded in every single violent action being perpetrated by that Islamic republic on a daily basis since 1979, including the crimes against humanity like the massacres in the 1980's, the terrible persecution on minorities such as:...
  • DATE OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST (The Star that Astonished the World)

    12/15/2007 6:05:34 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies · 231+ views
    EWTN ^ | E. L. Martin
    (Summarized from E. L. Martin, "The Star that Astonished the World," ASK Publications, Box 25000, Portland Or. 1991) (1) The date of the birth of Christ hinges on just one thing, the statement of Josephus (Antiquities 17.6-8) that Herod died shortly after an eclipse of the moon. Astronomers supply the dates for such eclipses around those years: None in 7 or 6 BC. In 5 BC, March 23, 29 days to Passover. Also in 5 BC. Sept. 15,7 months to Passover. In 4 B.C. March 13, 29 days to Passover. 3 and 2 B.C. no eclipses. In 1 BC. January...
  • Walled Nativity Scene Borders On Anti-Semitism, Jewish Leaders Say

    12/14/2007 7:25:59 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 100 replies · 2,226+ views
    Crosswalk ^ | Julie Stahl
    Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - The sale of Nativity scenes with a wall running through the middle to symbolize Israel's security barrier borders on anti-Semitism, Jewish groups are saying. The Amos Trust, a British Christian charity that works with needy communities around the world, is selling the traditional Nativity sets with a political twist, noting that the wise men won't reach the stable because of the wall. The Amos Trust says its Nativity sets are made by Palestinian carpenters from olive wood from Bethlehem. Israel started building its security barrier -- a series of walls and fences -- in response to an...
  • Only Christian TV Station in Bethlehem Folds

    10/24/2007 11:00:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies · 54+ views
    Zenit ^ | 10-24-07
    Only Christian TV Station in Bethlehem Folds Cites Debt, Threats and "Troubles" With Government BETHLEHEM, West Bank, OCT. 24, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Bethlehem's only Christian television station, The Nativity, has just one week left to broadcast. "It is with great regret that we are informing you of our decision to close The Nativity -- "Al-Mahed" -- television station," said its director and owner, "in spite of its inestimable service to the Church and to the existence of the Christian community in the Holy Land." Samir Qumsieh, a member of the Greek Orthodox Church, founded The Nativity in 1996. The broadcasts of...
  • Rice Visits Jesus' birthplace

    "After her tour of the church, she met with civic leaders and local security chiefs, who told her about the daily difficulties of life under Israeli occupation. Bethlehem, just south of Jerusalem, is lined on two sides by Israel's West Bank separation barrier, along some stretches a towering wall of cement blocks. Town residents need difficult-to-obtain permits to cross through a wall terminal into Jerusalem, and long lines often form during rush hour."
  • Bethlehem mayor angers Jews (Autralia visit remarks)

    08/26/2007 3:14:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 907+ views
    BETHLEHEM Mayor Victor Batarseh yesterday attacked Israel and angered members of Australia's Jewish community within hours of arriving in Sydney - just as Australian immigration officials in the Middle East warned would occur if he was granted a visa. Dr Batarseh told The Australian Israel's construction of a security wall was about grabbing Palestinian land, not stopping suicide bombers. "If you want peace, you build bridges of love and understanding between people, you don't build walls of hatred," he said. Dr Batarseh is the leader of a five-person delegation from Bethlehem that arrived in Australia on Saturday to sign a...
  • Sources: Naked Principal Found With Sex Toys Watching Gay Porn In Office

    03/01/2007 12:39:33 PM PST · by Physicist · 198 replies · 7,922+ views
    A 50-year-old principal was found naked in his school office while watching gay pornography on Tuesday, according to sources. Sex toys were found nearby, the sources added. Police said John Acerra was a longtime teacher and principal in the Bethlehem Area School District, but was also allegedly selling crystal meth out of his school office. Acerra, of Allentown, was the principal of Nitschmann Middle School in Bethlehem, and was arrested minutes after he arranged to sell the notoriously addictive drug to a police informant, according to investigators. Police arrived and found meth and drug paraphernalia on his desk, according to...
  • Nitschmann principal in meth bust [Bethlehem, PA]

    02/28/2007 7:30:18 AM PST · by Physicist · 11 replies · 1,439+ views
    Allentown Morning Call ^ | 2/28/2007 | Dalondo Moultrie
    The principal of Nitschmann Middle School in Bethlehem sold crystal methamphetamine to police informants three times this month, once in his school office, police say. John Acerra, 50, of 832 Chestnut St., Allentown, was arrested Tuesday in his office, where police found meth on his desk, according to arrest papers filed by Bethlehem police. One police informant told officers that Acerra used and sold crystal meth for at least five months before his arrest, the papers say.Acerra faces felony charges of possession with intent to deliver meth and delivery of the drug and related charges. He is in Lehigh County...
  • Bethlehem Christians fear neighbors

    01/25/2007 5:54:39 AM PST · by SJackson · 24 replies · 867+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1-25-07 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    A number of Christian families have finally decided to break their silence and talk openly about what they describe as Muslim persecution of the Christian minority in this city. The move comes as a result of increased attacks on Christians by Muslims over the past few months. The families said they wrote letters to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the Vatican, Church leaders and European governments complaining about the attacks, but their appeals have fallen on deaf ears. According to the families, many Christians have long been afraid to complain in public about the campaign of "intimidation" for fear of...
  • Arab Muslim 'Palestinians' Persecution of Christians (revised)

    01/24/2007 4:37:00 PM PST · by PRePublic · 3 replies · 270+ views
    91% of palestinian are Arab MUSLIM, the rest are Christians, suffering under their brothers... living in fear and forced to act violenlty against Israel. I love it when Islamists talk as if they care about Arab-Christians, anyway here is about the "Christian" bubble in racist "palestine". Arab "Palestinian" Muslims' Persecution of Christians   Arab "Palestinian" Christians have been suffering and STILL suffer from Arab "Palestinian" Muslim majority.Just like the Arab Christian Lebanese in "Damour" (Yasir Arafat´s Planned Christian Genocide http://www.chretiens-et-juifs.org/article.php?voir%5B%5D=594&voir%5B%5D=3532, Hobeika - Damour http://www.free-lebanon.com/LFPNews/hobeika_damour/hobeika_damour.html ), where "Palestinian" Muslims massacred Christians senselessly, which brought the reprisal by Arab Christians upon Arab "Palestinian"...
  • O, Muslim town of Bethlehem (Palestinian Muslim persecution of Bethlehem's Christians)

    12/31/2006 4:57:09 PM PST · by PRePublic · 8 replies · 560+ views
    Daily mail ^ | December 16, 2006
    O, Muslim town of Bethlehem (muslim persecution of Bethlehem's Christians) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=423126&in_page_id=1770 O, Muslim town of Bethlehem... By ELIZABETH DAY Last updated at 21:26pm on 16th December 2006 Lights of hope: Candles in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem HeadlinesIN FOCUS: Saddam Hussein's trial and execution Jailed fraudster lands chaplain in trouble for 'smuggling' luxuries into prison New Year washout as storms batter UK 'Blair's decade of freebies total £775,000' Schoolgirl tells of lightning strike ordeal Brown 'will be a humbler Premier' Para survives Taliban bullet only to be struck down by superbug on ward in Britain A couple of...
  • Terrorists returning to Bethlehem and other signs of progress in the stalled peace process

    12/27/2006 5:40:31 PM PST · by yochanan · 4 replies · 272+ views
    Terrorists returning to Bethlehem and other signs of progress in the stalled peace process By Caroline B. Glick Why Christians — as well as Jews — should be furious at Olmert You have to wonder what thoughts passed through the minds of Bethlehem's Christians as Palestinian Authority Chairman and Fatah commander Mahmoud Abbas appeared at the Church of the Nativity for Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. On April 2, 2002, as IDF forces swept into Bethlehem to root out the terrorists who had taken control of the city, between 150 and 180 Fatah terrorists under Yasser Arafat's command shot their...
  • [jerusalemdiaries] Letter from Bethlehem: Xmas Day 2006

    12/25/2006 3:54:19 PM PST · by ml/nj · 10 replies · 341+ views
    email (Judy's email list) | Dec. 25, 2006 | Judy Balint
    See photos from Bethlehem today at http://flickr.com/photos/jerusalemdiaries/ From: Judy Lash Balint, Jerusalem Every Christmas I make the 12-minute drive from my Jerusalem home to Bethlehem for a reality check on the beleaguered little town five miles away. This year, contrary to the customary gloomy reports from the international media, things were bustling in Bethlehem. Bright blue cloudless skies and comfortable temperatures help make things more pleasant than in previous years when a cold, grey drizzle dampened spirits. Driving up to the Rachel's Passage checkpoint in my car with Israeli plates, a quick check of my press credentials is all that's...
  • Israel: Free Transport, IPRAYNEWS Live Bethlehem Christmas Internet Video

    12/23/2006 3:28:02 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 4 replies · 883+ views
    Israel News Agency ^ | December 23, 2006 | Joel Leyden
    Israel: Free Transport, IPRAYNEWS Live Bethlehem Christmas Internet Video By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem ---- December 23 .....Israel has announced that it will provide free transportation to Bethlehem as IPRAYNEWS provides free, live Internet Web cam of Christmas Mass in Bethlehem. Israel's Ministry of Tourism in a warm, kind act for Christians, will provide free transportation for the thousands of tourists and pilgrims expected to travel to Bethlehem for the traditional Christmas celebrations on December 24th and 25th. Bus shuttles will run every half hour between Jerusalem and Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity from noon on the 24th...
  • The Star of Bethlehem [Bristol Astronomical Society]

    12/19/2006 9:31:25 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies · 442+ views
    The Star of Bethlehem Meeting chaired by Richard Phillips Rod Jenkins Bristol Astronomical Society 7 January 2005 This talk was originally scheduled for 3 December 2004 - just before the speaker’s paper was published in the Journal of the British Astronomical Association vol. 114 No. 6. A full account with references appears in that publication on pp. 336-341. According to Giotto, the Star of Bethlehem is shown in his painting The Adoration of the Magi as a comet - presumably Halley’s as it appeared during his lifetime. For this reason the space probe sent to study Halley’s comet in 1986...
  • O, Muslim town of Bethlehem...

    12/16/2006 4:07:18 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 25 replies · 1,111+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/16/06 | Elizabeth Day
    All is quiet in Bethlehem. On Manger Square, the Church of the Nativity stands in the pale gloom of dusk, its doors open to passing pilgrims. But inside, the nave is empty of visitors and the collection boxes depleted of coins. In the candlelit grotto downstairs, a silver star marks the spot where Jesus is supposed to have been born. It is one of the most sacred sites in Christendom, but there are no tourists queuing to see it. Just 500 yards down the road, Joseph Canawati is not looking forward to Christmas. The expansive lobby of his 77-room Hotel...
  • Sober days ahead as Bethlehem seeks Christmas cheer [Nobody Buying Booze in Bethlehem]

    12/14/2006 8:01:21 AM PST · by Alouette · 9 replies · 496+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 14, 2006 | Luke Baker
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - Abu Khalil is a man with alcohol on his mind. He hardly drinks the stuff himself, but for the past 40 years he and his father have sold it for a living, and the life of an alcohol salesman in Bethlehem these days is poor enough to drive a man to drink. With less than two weeks before Christmas, this should be the busiest time of the year for Khalil, a member of Bethlehem's once vibrant but now steadily shrinking Christian community. But a sharp drop in living standards in the occupied West Bank since...
  • British Historian Claims to Have Found the Temple Treasures

    10/09/2006 12:29:32 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 58 replies · 2,408+ views
    What happened to the 50 tons of gold, silver and sacred treasures looted from Herod's Temple following the Roman legionnaires' sack of Jerusalem on Tisha b'Av in the year 70 CE? The Arch of Titus in Rome, erected shortly after the death of Titus who reigned as emperor from 79 to 81, clearly depicts Roman soldiers bearing on their shoulders the golden candelabrum, silver trumpets and bejewelled Table of the Divine Presence which the Roman emperor Vespasian and his son Titus carted back to Rome as trophies of war. Between 75 CE and the early 5th century, the treasure...
  • Good Arab Chistians VS Islamized Arab "christians"

    08/11/2006 3:17:22 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 4 replies · 455+ views
    Good Arab Christian VS Islamized Arab "Christians" You hear so much about Arab Christians in the middle east, the tiny minority in the midle east, what's the real truth about them are they all really just "Arab Christians"? What about those Arab "Christians" that hate America? Well, you have to differenciate between heroic beautiful Arab Christians like Joseph Farah ( http://wnd.com ), Brigitte Gabriel ( http://americancongress4truth.org ), Nonie Darwish ( http://arabsforisrael.com ), Walid Shoebat ( http:(//shoebat.com ), and the Zogby Arab american "activists" or lobbyists on the other side, worse are the Christian Arabs that have always been anti American...
  • Photo report from my trip to Israel.

    08/03/2006 12:36:18 PM PDT · by lizol · 35 replies · 2,864+ views
    own pictures | lizol
    I've just returned from a trip to Israel (yesterday morning). I'm OK, nothing bad happened. I'm back in one piece. Well, maybe except my heart, that I've left there :-) The MSM are really doing a "good" job about the situation out there. Actually - if not the media reports - I wouldn't even realize that I was in a country being engaged in war (beacuse the view of soldiers or military vehicles are nothing exceptional in that country). The other fact is, that my group skipped the part of trip to Galilea (Nazarteth, Tiberias and Galilean Lake) - due...
  • Islamofascism, the broader, deeper & wider reality - How radical Islam makes you into a fascist!

    06/17/2006 10:56:58 PM PDT · by NeoOldCon · 1 replies · 1,471+ views
    How [radical] Islam makes one into a fascist, whether you are Arab, black, etc. The broader view of the deep & wide reality of Islamofascism What do the Arab Muslim massacre in NYC WTC, The Pakistani Muslim bombing in London, the Arab Muslim bombing in Madrid, an Indonesian attack on Australians in Bali, an Arab Muslim racist attack on an ordinary Jew in Paris, Arabs' onslaught in the genocide campaign in Sudan, WW2's Bosnian Muslims attacking Christian Serbs, Jordanian Arab murderer: Zarqawi that seperated (Nazi style) between Shiite & Sunni kids on a bus, Arab slave masters in Mauritania, a...
  • IDF kills leading terrorist

    04/09/2006 2:19:51 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 6 replies · 275+ views
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | April 9, 2006 | Efrat Weiss
    IDF troops operating in the Bethlehem area Sunday afternoon killed a senior wanted terror suspect, Jaber Ahras, who among other attacks was responsible for one that left two IDF soldiers dead in 2003. Ahras headed a terror cell planning to fire rockets at a Jerusalem neighborhood. Five cell members were detained by security authorities in February. In the past, Ahras acted on behalf of the Fatah's military wing, but recently he was cooperating with the Popular Resistance Committees. Palestinian sources said Ahras headed the Resistance Committee's entire West Bank rocket infrastructure. A spokesman on behalf of the Salah al-Din Brigades,...