O Little Town of Bethlehem

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Bethlehem has been under Israeli occupation since 1967. Since that time Bethlehem's inhabitants, both Christians and Muslims, have lived under a diverse array of oppressive Israeli actions:

  • Confiscation of Bethlehem land
  • Destruction of Bethlehem olive groves
  • Imprisonment by a wall being built by Israel on illegally confiscated Bethlehem land
  • Daily Israeli military raids, during which individuals are abducted and imprisoned in Israel. Many are never even charged with a crime.
  • During their nonviolent demonstrations against these activities, many are beaten and sometimes shot. These demonstrations frequently include Israeli peace activists and others from around the world.
  • In order to travel from Bethlehem people must pass through Israeli military checkpoints, where they risk humiliating and abusive treatment, including strip searches -- including of women and children.
  • Israel's wall and closures have caused a large number of Bethlehem businesses to fail and people are facing escalating economic difficulties.

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