- Jan 19, 2021
It will be a quiet and subdued Christmas this year in Bethlehem, with almost 7,000 people involved in the tourism sector out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Bethlehem Mayor Anton Salman.
Only a few dozen people attended the lighting of the Christmas tree in the biblical city of Bethlehem on Saturday night, as coronavirus restrictions scaled back the annual event that is normally attended by thousands.
The Holy See is concerned about an Israeli plan to unilaterally annex a large portion of land in the West Bank, said a Vatican statement.
President Donald Trump’s proposed Mideast peace plan deserves “serious consideration,” but “the Israelis and the Palestinians are the only ones who can resolve the differences and agree on a common resolution to the chronic impasse,” said a representative of the U.S. bishops.
The poorest of Jordan’s 10 camps for Palestinian refugees would seem to be the unlikeliest place from which to launch an international business, but SEP Jordan is no usual enterprise. Here, 350 Palestinian refugee women — and a few Syrians — practice their traditional craft of embroidery, but with a modern twist.
A Melkite Catholic is seeking to visit her father’s grave, which is now surrounded by an Israeli military base.