Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Holy Land Christians now collateral damage victims of Israeli supression of Palestinians

Bethlehem Lutheran Minister:
If you see what's happening in the West Bank, you will find that the West Bank is becoming more and more like a piece of Swiss Cheese, where Israel gets the cheese, that is, the land, the water resources, the archaeological sites and the Palestinians are pushed in the holes behind the walls.
     The wall completely surrounds Bethlehem, turning the city into what its residents call an open air prison.
     Getting from Bethlehem to Jerusalem, seven miles away, for medical needs or anything else, requires passage through an Israeli checkpoint, which can take hours and can't happen without a permit — which can take weeks or months to obtain and is frequently denied.
     Israel's ambassador to the United States: "We regret any inconvenience."
     The most common estimates of the cost of US foreign aid to Israel are between 100 and 114 billion tax dollars, but David R. Francis, staff writer of the Christian Science Monitor, says it's really more like $1.6 trillion.

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