«While people are trying to celebrate here (in Bethlehem), the people of Gaza have no food, have no toys for their children, have no electricity, no fuel and no safety.
People in Gaza don't have bread, don't have flour. This israeli siege, which is inhuman and unacceptable, should not continue.
Bethlehem is today nothing more than a big ghetto, surrounded by Israel's apartheid wall.
In the spirit of Christmas, we must ask the world to stop not paying attention to this place, and look at the reality of the situation, not only of Christians, but of all human beings here in Bethlehem.»
Mustafa Barghouti (elected member of the Palestinian parliament)