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We remembered the 20 children killed in Connecticut (where I last lived in the USA). We remembered them and we also remembered the 33 children killed last month by US funded Israeli war machine and the hundreds of Pakistani and Afghani children killed this year by US drone attacks. We also remembered the tens of thousands of children killed this year by hunger and disease that could have been avoided if we had our priorities correct. I just attended two conferences one indirectly dealt with children: one indirectly because it discussed environmental issues – my abstract is below) and one dedicated to serving Palestinian children (led by UNICEF). So for this Christmas, I am making a pledge to focus on needs of children in 2013 and urge you to do the same.

Action: Donate to a charity that deals with children; here are three I am donating to this month among many: 1) http://www.unicef.org/ 2) http://www.alrowwad-acts.ps (tax deductible donations in USA http://alrowwadusa.org, France http://www.amis-alrowwad.org/ 3) http://pcr.ps/read/donate-pcr

Action: Thursday December 20th 6 PM: Christmas behind the wall gathering for families at Rachel’s tomb area (Bilal’s mosque) between Bethlehem and Jerusalem where the apartheid wall stops us from entering our city Jerusalem. Carols, prayers, and fellowship. All are welcome. Organized by http://www.barakachurch.com

Below are articles and also media contrtacts dealing with Christmas in the land of Jesus. Whether one is a Christian or not, the situation here calls for examination.

Hope from Bethlehem (behind the walls) by Mazin Qumsiyeh.

Christians in the Holy Land today.

Colonizing Christmas: Facts on Israeli Occupation and Bethlehem (Including Map) – PDF file.

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