He said individuals could still come to Manger Square to pray and traditional Christmas services still will be held. In reporting about Bethlehem’s gesture of solidarity with the terrorists of Hamas, the U.K.’s Daily Mail noted that this is the first year in living memory the place of Jesus’ birth has not been decorated. According to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the site of the current church has been identified as the location of the birth of Jesus since the 2nd century, with the first church on the site erected in 339. Indicative of the times, Hamas took credit for an attack Thursday on an Israel security checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, according to Reuters. Six Israeli security force members were wounded. All three Palestinian attackers were killed.
Jesus’ birthplace removes all Christmas decorations in honor of Hamas ‘martyrs’ -“First they come for the Saturday people, then they come for the Sunday people”. https://t.co/ZlxV4DwuJf— AdinaZ 🇺🇸🇮🇱🤌🏼 ⚖️ (@lackboys3) November 16, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.