O Little Occupied Town of Bethlehem

I had such hopes that the Gaza cease-fire would lead to renewed peace talks between Israel and Palestine. I was diappointed. As Christians turn our spiritual focus to Jerusalem this Advent season let us not forget the real Bethelehem and its Palestinian Christians. I revisited my Bethlehem and Jerusalem sabbatical here. I keep wondering if the pregnant Blessed Virgin would have had to scale the wall to give birth in Bethlehem or if she would have given birth at a checkpoint like so many Palestinian women, some of whom have had their babies die at the checkpoints.