Category Archives: Bethlehem area

VIDEO | Recent Discoveries, Enhancements at the Herodium

A recent report from the Franciscans, via their Christian Media Center, highlights recent developments at the Herodium, the mountaintop palace-fortress of Herod the Great that dominates the landscape of the Judean Desert east of Bethlehem. New aspects of the site … Continue reading

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I don’t have to boycott “Jeopardy!” after all

The show’s producers have issued a sort-of apology over the Palestine/Israel flap that erupted following last Friday’s Jeopardy! broadcast, 09 JAN 2020. If you somehow managed to miss the whole thing, SEE HERE… The explanation offered Monday on the show’s … Continue reading

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Awaiting You in Bethlehem: Banksy’s Quirky “Walled-Off Hotel”

I have a certain affinity for the absurd. Not absurdity for its own sake, mind you, but the kind that instructs and illuminates, that comments upon our world and helps us grapple with the harsh realities it confronts us with. … Continue reading

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Military authorities defy High Court, resume building Apartheid Wall at Cremisan

This is very much a follow-up to my previous post (q.v.) less than five months ago, whose celebratory tone has proved premature. It now appears that the Israeli military authorities have decided to ignore an April ruling by the nation’s High … Continue reading

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UPDATED | Cremisan: final verdict says ‘no’ to the wall

Sometimes, in the context of their ongoing dispossession of the Palestinian people, the State of Israel–despite itself–actually manages to do something good. All too often, it simply means not doing something bad that they were planning to do. And, when … Continue reading

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Baptist group to ‘wage peace’ in Palestine

From the patio outside my flat, the steeple of his church, Christmas Lutheran, punctuates the Bethlehem skyline: Mitri Raheb. Dr. Raheb is slated to be the keynote speaker for a Washington D.C.- area conference in early November entitled “Waging Peace … Continue reading

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UPDATED The Aqueducts of Bethlehem: An interactive map

The purpose of this brief post is to point folks — any who may resonate to such minutiae — to a custom map which I have assembled. It focuses on remnants of the ancient Upper and Lower Aqueducts of Jerusalem, … Continue reading

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