Let light shine from Gaza to Bethlehem!

Lights blazed from the Christmas tree in Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity as Bethlehem mayor, Vera Baboon, lit up the 15-meter tree in the annual ceremony on December 6.  The mayor offered a simple message on the occasion, saying that what is needed this Christmas is justice.

Isaiah 9:2As has been the case for years now, the town of Bethlehem remains cut off from Jerusalem by the separation wall, and more and more land around the town is threatened with confiscation by the Israeli government.  Israeli settlements expand in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, while Palestinian homes and other buildings are demolished.

The situation in Gaza was already dire and is now worsening considerably with the onset of winter. An estimated 100,000 people lack shelter, electricity blackouts are constant, and key infrastructure, including water treatments plants, are in a state of disrepair.

The UCC Justice and Witness Ministries and Global Ministries joined 19 other organizations in a Dec. 15 letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, expressing “serious concerns related to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza,” and noting that “the situation in Gaza was already dire and is now worsening considerably with the onset of winter.” The signers state, “This humanitarian crisis is unconscionable and is the clear result of policy inaction and failure.” As we prepare to celebrate the holidays, ask your elected officials to remember the Palestinian people who struggle under the ongoing Israeli occupation and the Israeli people who also suffer because of the lack of a durable peace. Call on them to:

To break the dark cycle of violence that causes so much suffering for both Palestinians and Israelis, the underlying causes must be addressed. This Christmas, let light shine by calling for justice.  Contact your elected officials to call for help in Gaza and for policies that work to end the Israeli occupation.

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