Christian Palestinians reject calls to join Israeli army

26/4/14 Representatives of orthodox national institutions in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories have rejected the recruitment of Christians in the Israeli army yesterday. At a meeting in Jerusalem the foundations emphasised that the churches, Christian institutions and members of Christian denominations strongly reject recruiting their children in the Israeli army on the basis of ethical, humanitarian and ...

Ringing the bells in Bethlehem, to keep those old Christmas traditions alive

Khadir Jaraiseh, 22, pulls the ropes of four bells in a short tower of the Church of the Nativity, for prayer services of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Bethlehem, December 22, 2013.Photo by AP

The Associated Press - December 2013 The old Christmas traditions in the Church of the Nativity are waning, but some Christian Palestinians still strain to keep them. A Palestinian college student is one of the last keepers of a fading tradition — ringing the bells of Bethlehem. Twice a week, Khadir Jaraiseh climbs to the roof of the Church ...

Christmas in Bethlehem

24/12/12 Israel has taken measures to ensure a safe environment, smooth access and movement for the many worshippers and tourists who come to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem. (Communicated by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories - COGAT) Israel actively supports and protects freedom of worship for every religion. This takes on special significance during this time ...