What Israel is doing against Bethlehem today…

What Israel is doing against Bethlehem today…

By Alison Weir

While millions of Americans have been celebrating Christmas and singing about Bethlehem, Israeli forces have been attacking men, women, and children in the Bethlehem region, where shepherds are said to have received a profoundly wondrous message: “Peace on earth, goodwill to men…”

In the last few days:

  • Israeli forces have invaded al-Khader town, southwest of Bethlehem, abducted people, and attacked school children;
  • invaded the town of Teqoua’, east of Bethlehem, especially around the local schools, and fired gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinians who protested the invasions;
  • attacked and abducted shepherds; invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, abducted two young men from their homes, and took them to the nearby Etzion military base – the invasion led to protests before Israeli sharpshooters occupied the rooftop of Ebda’ Cultural Center and shot a young man with live rounds in both of his legs;
  • invaded Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, leading to protests, before shooting a young man with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head;
  • confiscated privately-owned Palestinian lands in the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem;
  • demolished a home in the central occupied West Bank town of Nahalin, west of Bethlehem;

This is in addition to a multitude of attacks in other areas of the West Bank and in Gaza, where Palestinians have been shot, killed, and assaulted.

Defense for Children International – Palestine reported: “In 2021, Israeli authorities, forces, and settlers targeted Palestinian children with military assaults, excessive force, arbitrary military detention, expulsions and home demolitions with impunity.”

According to DCI: “Israeli forces targeted Palestinian children with excessive force making 2021 the deadliest year for Palestinian children since 2014.”

In addition, DCI reported, “Israeli settlers emboldened by the state attacked Palestinian children and continued seizing Palestinian land and property.”

Despite these facts, U.S. politicians from both parties consistently vote to give Israel over $10 million per day, and to expend an additional $9-10 million per day on items because they benefit Israel, thanks to the influence of the pro-Israel lobby.

Some previous reports concerning Bethlehem:

O Little Town of Bethlehem, what has become of thee?
O Little Town of Bethlehem, what has become of thee?

Millions of travelers to Bethlehem believe the hasbara: Jews Good, Palestinians Bad; Jews victims, Palestinians perpetrators; because of the Holocaust, the world owes us, and must condone what we’re doing to Palestinians; those who criticize our racist policies are outright anti-Semites; we are God’s Chosen, therefore we can do no wrong.

On Sunday Israelis shot, injured Palestinians in Gaza, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, abducted others, etc.
On Sunday Israelis shot, injured Palestinians in Gaza, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, abducted others, etc.

Israeli soldiers shot six Palestinians in Gaza, a Palestinian teen in Jericho after the army invaded it accompanying groups of illegal settlers, abducted at dawn six Palestinians in Hebron, Bethlehem and Jenin… Israeli authorities seized large containers of children’s clothing on their way to the besieged Gaza Strip… (See video of Israeli soldiers shooting unarmed demonstrator in Palestinian village of Madama in April)

 

For reports on Israel’s treatment of Christians and the Christian connection to this issue see these.

Photos from past news reports

Palestinians line up at an Israeli-administered security checkpoint next to the Separation Wall, near Bethlehem. (Creative Commons/Flickr)
Fuad Ayyad has only once been granted an Israeli permit to visit Bethlehem. (Mohammed Al-Hajjar)
christmas in gaza
Samer Tarazi was once again denied permission to visit Bethlehem. (Mohammed Al-Hajjar)
Christian monastery
The Greek Orthodox monastery of St Sabbas, also known as Mar Saba, overlooks the Kidron Valley in the West Bank, south of Bethlehem. (imemc.org)
The transformation of Abu Guneim Forest (also spelled Abu Ghuneim forest), near Bethlehem. (ARIJ)

 

A Palestinian protester dressed in a Santa Claus costume rings a bell in front of tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a demonstration against the settlements and demanding for free movement for the Palestinians during Christmas near a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem December 23, 2014.
A Palestinian protester dressed in a Santa Claus costume rings a bell in front of tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a demonstration against the settlements and demanding for free movement for the Palestinians during Christmas near a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem December 23, 2014. (REUTERS/ Mussa Qawasma )
A Palestinian protester wearing a Santa Claus costume is carried by medics after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli troops during clashes at Bethlehem checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014.
A Palestinian protester wearing a Santa Claus costume is carried by medics after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli troops during clashes at Bethlehem checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. ((AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed))

DCI videos about Israel’s treatment of Palestinian children:

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