An alumna of Seattle University, I work in the Galilee region for an environmental advocacy NGO. My colleagues are some of the 1.1 million Palestinians living in Israel. They are geographically separated from Palestinians living in the West Bank, 2.5 million, and the Palestinians in Gaza, 1.5 million. Palestinians are Christian and Muslim and belong to various political parties. I live next to a Roman Catholic Church, a mosque, a Greek Orthodox Church and a Protestant church. Despite these differences, all are united in collective horror as we witness the latest attack on the Palestinians living in Gaza.
Pilgrims poured into the West Bank -- the location of Bethlehem -- for Christmas, yet Palestinian Christians living in Gaza were not granted permission by Israeli authorities to visit Bethlehem. As an international, however, I was able to light a candle on Christmas in t
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