Creating people's geographies
Every Christmas this site has focused upon Bethlehem, birthplace of Christ, historically a beautifully polyglot community where Christians, Muslims and Jews coexisted peacefully before the founding of Israel in 1948. Open Bethlehem is a positive campaign to raise awareness around the world about the plight of Christian and Muslim Palestinians in this historic holy city, and the fate of the city itself. The presentations featured in the embedded videos are also available to be downloaded and viewed in powerpoint from the Open Bethlehem site—this is recommended for viewing the slides in full screen, enabling the reading of the text clearly and at one’s leisure.
Previous posts on Christmas and Bethlehem can be found here:
Cartoon by Leunig
Caption: “Look at that! Brilliant! You kill the leader and you nip the whole movement in the bud.”
Bethlehem Today–State of Emergency (download powerpoint)
Rachel’s Tomb (download powerpoint)
The Open Bethlehem Campaign (download powerpoint)