Bethlehem today

Why do so many churches turn a blind eye to Bethlehem, on this day, of all days?

As our minds turn to Bethlehem two thousand years ago, what of Bethlehem today? Two thousand years on and Palestine is still under brutal military occupation. Two thousand years ago, Palestine was under Roman occupation, today it is a Zionist occupation.

Why do so many churches tun a blind eye to Bethlehem, on this day, of all days?

A Methodist community gallery in Sheffield, that has highlighted the plight of modern Bethlehem in its Christmas art show, is a rare exception.

The art exhibition has brought together artists to think about the seasonal messages of the city of Bethlehem — both the historic and religious importance of Bethlehem for Christians, but also the modern impact of Israeli occupation on an international icon.

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