If you would like to share our abridged version of Open Bethlehem to kick off a panel discussion or to share with an elected representative.
Support for Bethlehem from faith leaders
As Presidents of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland we wish to convey our support for the people of Bethlehem and particularly for the aims and work of the Open Bethlehem Project.
We view the barrier being built around Bethlehem as a grave injustice to its people, a serious threat to its economic life and social fabric, and an affront to all Christians.
The Israeli-built wall is “a sign of all that is wrong in the human heart”,
The people of Bethlehem are tonight celebrating the Nativity with joy. But they feel terribly alone. Recently Pope Benedict accepted, on behalf of the Catholic Church, a symbolic Bethlehem passport. He wanted to show that we are all citizens of Bethlehem, and that Bethlehem should be a free and open city. I hope that we can play our part in ensuring that it stay that way
‘Open Bethlehem,’ explores life in the city where Jesus was born, and the challenges facing its residents, especially the Christian community whose numbers are in critical decline. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Leila Sansour, who has been documenting the events unfolding in her city over the past decade.
The Bethlehem resident and filmmaker has approached this project with one simple request: “Help us open Bethlehem.”