From Mazin Qumsiyeh in Bethlehem…..a video of Christmas in Bethlehem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbTTx6T54mM He describes the video and some other sources of information below.
9 Minute Video I just put out on life in Bethlehem area during Christmas. It starts with a Jewish guy who joined the demonstration in Al-Masara asking that the soldiers disobey orders and not join in oppressing the Palestinians. Picture attached is of me in my red Christmas sweater speaking to the same soldiers explaining how they are committing war crimes and crimes against humanity. In addition to the usual struggles against the occupation, we did have celebrations. The video shows the lighting of the Christmas Tree, home parties, and 3 nights of activities for everyone (Muslims, Christians, Internationals, locals, children adults) and with a theme of support for Jerusalem. We called it the Shepherds' Nights.
Watch video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbTTx6T54mM
Video from AlJazeera: Bethlehem in Christmas: Many tourists but no economic boom http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/12/2009122461113232638.html
UN Report: Only 13% of the land in Bethlehem available to local use, more than 85% has been swallowed by colonial settlements, space for their future use, their infrastructure, and the apartheid barriers. http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=30731&Cr=palestin&Cr1
UN expert urges pressure on Israel to end blockade of Gaza, and the implementation of the Goldstone Report
Steps to create an Israel-Palestine by Jonathan Kuttub
Los Angeles Times December 20, 2009
Jerusalem – An Inexorable Trajectory by Anat Biletzki | Fri, 11/27/2009 http://www.envisioningpeace.org/discussion/featured/jerusalem-%E2%80%93-inexorable-trajectory
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home