Today in Bethlehem - a few simple photos
- Millions of people today embrace the spirit of Christmas and the events
that took place in a little cave in Bethlehem a while ago... but what is
the reality there today?
Bethlehem is under military occupation, under genocide, ethnic cleansing
and illegal settlement by the zionist regime. Here are some photos
depicting the modern reality of Bethlehem:
Bethlehem has been encircled by a wall - same as the wall the Nazis
built to surround the Warsaw ghetto, and twice the height of the Berlin
wall - in order to keep the native Palestinians under perpetual custody
in an "open air prison":
The indigenous people who live under this brutal occupation must submit
to constant searches and humiliating procedures every time they pass a
military checkpoint - just as Mary and Joseph had to endure...
Here is another view of the wall that surrounds the area. Please enlarge
to read what people have been writing on it:
A gate in the wall:
Most of the residents are never allowed permits to leave Bethlehem.
And here are the children of Bethlehem, "enjoying" life under zionist
occupation. Imprisoned on their own land:
And another view:
Visitors and international solidarity volunteers travel to Bethlehem to
bring a note of joy - but how can this be called a festivity?
This is the website of a non-profit refugee support organization working
for the children in the Bethlehem area - please have a look at their
activities, democratic structure, the photos that tell how children
survive under apartheid, war and ethnic cleansing:
Merry Christmas from Bethlehem: