Christmas Campaign 2015
A Silent Night in Bethlehem ...
A Silent Night, Christmas 2015
Inspired by Simon and Garfunkel's song "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night (1966)"
"The mayor of Bethlehem, Vera Babon has announced a scaled down version of the traditional celebrations for Christmas 2015, as a mark of respect to those shot and injured. She told reporters: ‘Bethlehem remains a town of peace and with the upcoming of Christmastime, and the recent escalation of violence, we should pray more than ever before for this peace.
13 year old Abdelrahman Obeidallah of Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem was shot in the heart by an Israeli sniper while on his way home from school. In a statement, the Israeli army said that the shooting of the schoolboy was a mistake. In October 2015, Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu introduced new rules for lethal force, allowing Israeli forces to shoot live bullets at Palestinian demonstrators. Since then, over 120 Palestinians including many children, have been killed. Over 10,000 Palestinians have been injured. Amnesty International has condemned what they call summary killings and extrajudicial executions, including allowing injured people to bleed to death.
Israeli forces arrested 8yr old Abdallah Hatham from a playground in Aida camp Bethlehem and used him as a human shield while firing tear gas. Local man, Muinthir Amira, was attacked and arrested by the army when he intervened to free the child.
A baby died from teargas inhalation in his family home in Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem today. Medics from the Red Crescent said that Israeli forces fired teargas into his home and all attempts to revive the baby had failed. The baby boy was named as Ramadan Thawabta. He was eight months old.
That’s the seven o clock edition of the news from Bethlehem, Palestine. Goodnight."
Produced by Sadaka with thanks to Roisín Elsafty, Gerry Orchard, Mick Ruane, Will O'Connor, Ronan Browne and Mary Kate Danaher.
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