Bethlehem removes all Christmas decorations in honor of Hamas ‘martyrs’

The West Bank city of Bethlehem, famous for being the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, has declared that they will be removing all decorations celebrating the annual holiday of Christmas. 

“Bethlehem Municipality crews announced the dismantling of Christmas decorations installed several years ago in the city’s neighborhoods and removing all festive appearances in honor of the martyrs and in solidarity with our people in Gaza,” the municipality wrote on Facebook.

Why are the festivities being canceled?

A spokesperson for the city also told the Telegraph “The reason is the general situation in Palestine; people are not really into any celebration, they are sad, angry and upset; our people in Gaza are being massacred and killed in cold blood.”

“Therefore, it is not appropriate at all to have such festivities while there is a massacre happening in Gaza and attacks in the West Bank.

Catholic nuns from the Sisters of Bethlehem hold candles as they take part in Christmas Eve mass at the Beit Jamal Monastery near Beit Shemesh, December 24, 2022. (credit: NIR ELIAS/REUTERS)

“This year the situation in Bethlehem is unprecedented and the mood and vibes are extremely sad, and that is exactly what the world should see, and realize that these are not normal circumstances.

“Bethlehem should send out its own message of condolence and mourning.”

Prayers and religious ceremonies will still be allowed to take place, LBC reported.

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