Bethlehem’s Message of Hope

TRAVEL PALESTINE, The Official Site for Tourism in Palestine describes Bethlehem as follows :

‘Beit Lahem’  A few miles south of Jerusalem lies the city of Bethlehem. Christians around the world know it as the little town where Jesus Christ was born. Still small, Bethlehem has retained a friendly atmosphere and is host to thousands of tourists each year. Many sacred Christian sites, churches, and monasteries are located in the city. A major attraction is the Church of the Nativity at Manger Square, built over the cave where Jesus Christ was born. The adjoining Church of St. Catherine possesses marvellous wood carvings of the Stations of the Cross.

Newsweek invited Nabil Shaath to give his opinion on the City of Bethlehem.  Here is an excerpt :

CHRISTMAS IN BETHLEHEM IS A PALESTINIAN MESSAGE OF HOPE

23 December 2015

I was almost overwhelmed by people welcoming me, excitedly awaiting the return of Abu Ammar (Yasser Arafat). That day I was invited to visit the Church, and the shops and homes of Bethlehemites that I shall never forget. I could feel that the message of hope brought by Jesus 2,000 years ago from Bethlehem was alive in the hearts and souls of its people.  Read further in Newsweek .

No number of pictures is sufficient enough to bring as clear an idea of this small but how much significant in the western world development as Bethlehem is.    Here are a few :

 

Church in Bethlehem
Church in Bethlehem

 

Bethlehem Hills
Bethlehem hills

 

Bethlehem-Manger Square
Bethlehem Manger Square with Christmas Lights

 

Church of the Nativity underground grottos
Church of the Nativity underground grottos

 

Church of Nativity Square
Church of Nativity Square

 

The other Bethlehem
The other Bethlehem

 

epa03516220 A pilgrim on her knees prays in the central nave of the Church of the Nativity, the traditionally accepted place where the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, during a short service and prayer in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, as tourists and pilgrims flock to the ancient church in the lead up to Christmas festivities, 22 December 2012. EPA/ABED HASHLAMOUN
A pilgrim on her knees prays in the central nave of the Church of the Nativity, the traditionally accepted place where the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, during a short service and prayer in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, as tourists and pilgrims flock to the ancient church in the lead up to Christmas festivities, 22 December 2012. EPA/ABED HASHLAMOUN

 

A Recent wall in Bethlehem
A Recent wall in Bethlehem

 

Bethlehem
Bethlehem suburbs

 

bethlehem-wall-1
The Wall

 

Bethlehem Palestine
Bethlehem street

 

Bethlehem under snow
Under snow

 

 

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