Israel: Occupation Forces Impose Unnatural Restrictions for Gazan’s Wanting to Visit Bethlehem

Latin Jerusalem Patriarchate, Father Mario da Silva, Parish priest of Gaza: Fr. Mario said that “Israel is using a policy of separation between parents and children. It would give a permit to the father but deprive the mother and the children of the same document. Thus, the family decides not to go and stay together in Gaza.”

For Palestinian Christians of Gaza, obtaining a permit to celebrate Christmas and Easter in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, presents an opportunity to escape their horrific reality; an act that Israel fears and rejects by placing more restrictions on their travel. Report is here.