Christmas in Bethlehem: the cross banished from souvenirs

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    This Christmas in Bethlehem, the cross has been banned from souvenirs for tourists and pilgrims in the Holy Land. Some textile workshops in Jerusalem and Hebron have begun to print and sell T-shirts depicting the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem without the cross. Because of the growth of Islamic fundamentalism in the Palestinian territories, the cross was also removed from t-shirts of football teams. ...PALESTINE - ISRAEL Christmas in Bethlehem: the cross banished from souvenirs - Asia News
     
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    this seems reprehensible BUT I have to ask for some proof of this;

    not that there are no crosses, but why and how they were removed.
     
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    No such thing as christmas in middle east. only unbeliever worship of devil and believer worship of Allah only.
     
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    Still off of the Asia News Story.

    According to AsiaNews, textile shops in Jerusalem and Hebron have begun to print and sell tee-shirts “depicting the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem without the cross.” The cross has also been removed from tee-shirts of local football teams “because of the growth of Islamic fundamentalism in the Palestinian territories.”
    Interviewed by AsiaNews, Samir Qumsieh, journalist and director of the Catholic television station Al-Mahed Nativity TV in Bethlehem, said: “I want to launch a campaign to urge people not to buy these products – he says – because the removal of the cross is an intimidation against Christians, it is like saying that Jesus was never crucified. “
    Like every year, thousands including authorities, faithful and tourists from all over the world crowd, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for midnight mass on the night of 24 December. It will be celebrated by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and will be attended by the highest offices of the Palestinian Authority.
    Qumsieh says that the population is living these days with joy, but the situation for Christians is still dramatic. According to the journalist, the dialogue of recent years between Muslims, Christians and Jews has not changed the situation.
    “In the Holy Land – said Qumsieh – the emigration of Christians is growing, even if the authorities refuse to give precise numbers. Every day there are people who flee to other countries. As Christians, we live in a constant feeling of fear and uncertainty, and if you live in constant tension and pessimism you can not plan anything.

    JESUS WHO? CHRISTIAN CROSS BANNED FROM BETHLEHEM SOUVENIR SHOPS
     
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    It is called Totalitarianism.
     
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    Bethlehem must be full of those darned atheist liberals and their war on Christmas.
     
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    Bethlehem is full of those fascist Muslims who persecute and murder the kafir, like the few remaining Christians in Bethlehem.
     
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    yea I read that, but it doesn't say how and why, what I mean is was their legal action? Intimidation? did they take the crosses off in some misguided effort to be accommodating etc...?
     
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    This might shed some light on the matter...

    "The murder of a young Baptist bookseller has Gaza's small Christian community on edge"
    'I know how to make you a Muslim' - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
     
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    Thats from gaza, but point taken. I am sure some of this occurred in Bethlehem.
    But I would really like to know who ordered the crosses off the teams gear.
     

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