Last week, the city and church leaders in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, made the decision to cancel all Christmas festivities this year. This was to mourn the Palestinians killed in Gaza – over 20,000 men, women and children.
At a service for Gaza held at the Bethlehem, the day before Christmas, Reverend Munther Issac, Lutheran Pastor in Bethlehem and a Palestinian Christian theologian, delivered his Christmas Sermon, Christ Under the Rubble.
Christmas Sermon: Christ Under the Rubble
Later, in an interview with Democracy Now!,
I felt the need to deliver such a message with very direct and very clear language. This is not the time for soft diplomacy specially with the genocide still happening day after day after day….
It’s not that it is going to stop what is happening in Gaza. I wish we could …. but I hoped that people will feel the weight of responsibility that they have and I’m not just talking about Western governments but many churches. They have enabled what is happening right now in Gaza, and I felt we need to send this message.
Genocide in the Birthplace of Jesus