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Christmas is part of the resistance to the occupation of Palestine.  Tourism to Bethlehem is making unemployment in the West Bank go down, & is fueling the push by Palestinians to unilaterally declare a state, as Juan Cole notes in this post.

In Bilin, Santas take part in the weekly demo.

Here is last Friday's demo in Bilin.

Last Friday in Al-Ma'asara, the Santas also came out to the demo.

Last Friday, demos took place in Ni'ilin and An Nabi Salih.

A Jew returns to Hebron & talks of ending the Occupation and peace.

Jews, Arabs, & Internationals protest against the attempt to ban Adnan Gheith from Jerusalem, & settlements in Silwan.

A song by Dam, the Palestinian Israeli rap group.

Human Rights Watch has issued a report criticizing Israel's treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank.

Children's drawings of Operation Cast Lead, & the siege of Gaza.

This holiday season, the UN Relief Agency for Refugees in Gaza is asking for funds to help Gaza's children.

Dec. 15, a debate occurred at Princeton over the BDS movement.  Max Blumenthal & Jewish Voices for Peace executive director Rebecca Vilkormerson argued for BDS, & J Street U director Daniel May and Princeton student Dan May argued against.  

Originally posted to Friendlystranger on Sat Dec 25, 2010 at 11:51 AM PST.

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