The “little town of Bethlehem” that we sing about at this time of year is far different from what many of us imagine it to be.
Israelis attacked Palestinians & international peace activists picking olives near Bethlehem, stabbing a young woman in the back and breaking her leg with an iron bar… The Israelis also uprooted 300 olive saplings and sprayed olive trees with chemicals…
Osama Mahmoud Adawi, 18, is the tenth Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces this month, and the sixth teenager (three of the dead were in their 20s, one was twelve years old). Palestinians have also killed one Israeli soldier.
Rayyan collapsed and died when Israeli soldiers chased him, raided his home and accused him of stone-throwing. Israeli soldiers have killed 35 Palestinian children since the beginning of this year; no Israeli children have been killed. The U.S. and EU are calling for an investigation of the latest death…
Invading Israeli forces used lethal force yet again, this time opening fire on a group of boys who were throwing stones, and killing Zaid Mohammad Ghneim. (The day before, Israeli forces had shot dead a 16-year-old in Nablus, and a few days before that, Israeli forces had killed a 16-year-old in Jenin.)
While millions of Americans have been celebrating Christmas, Israeli forces have been attacking men, women, & children in the Bethlehem region, where shepherds are said to have received a profoundly wondrous message: “Peace on earth, goodwill to men”… Defense for Children reports: “Israeli forces targeted Palestinian children with excessive force making 2021 the deadliest year for Palestinian children since 2014.” (videos)
Israeli assailants strive to intimidate monks who gathered to pray at Saint Saba Monastery in a deliberate attempt to stop the prayers.
Some Israeli actions in the Palestinian Territories November 1-5: abduct, injure and attack people, demolish homes of 74 people, including 41 children – reports from IMEMC…
Some Israeli actions in the Palestinian Territories September 1-4: abduct, injure and attack people, demolish homes – reports from IMEMC
Some Israeli actions in the Palestinian Territories July 19 -21 – demolish homes, abduct people, destroy farmland, olive trees – reports from IMEMC