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  • ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 79: Bethlehem cancels Christmas celebrations as Israel continues to bomb Gaza
    Mustafa Abu SneinehDecember 24, 2023
    Palestinians survey the rubble of destroyed buildings following an Israeli bombardment in Deir El-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on December 24, 2023. (Photo: Naaman Omar/APA Images)
    Palestinians survey the rubble of destroyed buildings following an Israeli bombardment in Deir El-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on December 24, 2023. (Photo: Naaman Omar/APA Images)
    Casualties

    20,258+ killed* and at least 53,688 wounded in the Gaza Strip.
    303 Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem
    Israel revises its estimated October 7 death toll down from 1,400 to 1,147.
    485 Israeli soldiers killed since October 7, and at least 1,831 injured.
    *This figure was confirmed by Gaza’s Ministry of Health on December 23. Due to breakdowns in communication networks within the Gaza Strip, the Ministry of Health in Gaza has been unable to regularly and accurately update its tolls since mid-November. Some rights groups put the death toll number closer to 28,000 when accounting for those presumed dead.

    Key Developments

    U.S. President Joe Biden does not ask Israeli government for ceasefire in Gaza Strip in phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
    Israeli forces withdraw from Palestine roundabout in Gaza City after completely flattening and destroying premises surrounding it.
    Palestinian rescue teams recover bodies of 40 people in central Gaza killed in Israeli bombings on Friday.
    Israeli military announces 14 soldiers killed in armed battles with Palestinian fighters in Gaza Strip over weekend.
    An Israeli minister says war will continue in Gaza Strip even if Hamas releases all captives.
    Israeli forces systemically destroys residential neighborhoods to create buffer zone in north and east of Gaza Strip after Palestinian fighters kill several Israeli soldiers.
    Israel plans to create buffer zone by occupying 14 km-long border area with Egypt to separate Gaza from Sinai Peninsula, and take direct control of Rafah Crossing.
    Hamas’ Izz El-Din Al-Qassam Brigades fear five captives were killed in Israeli bombardment after it lost contact with group in charge of them.
    Israeli miliary announces arrest of 700 Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza Strip since late October.
    Euro-Med says “evidence mounts of widespread violations of mass arrests, forced disappearances, torture, ill-treatment and even killings” of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
    Joe Biden does not ask Israel for ceasefire in Gaza Strip

    The U.S. President Joe Biden confirmed that he did not ask the Israeli government for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip in a phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday.

    “I had a long talk with Netanyahu today [Saturday] and it was a private conversation,” Biden told reporters, answering a question that he “did not ask for a ceasefire”.

    Biden’s statement follows a vote in the UN Security Council on a resolution calling for allowing humanitarian aid into Gaza but stopped short of pushing a halt to Israel’s hostilities.

    To avoid a U.S. veto, UNSC members postponed the vote several times to tone down the language. Although the U.S. abstained, the resolution was described as “toothless” and “meaningless” as it allowed Israel’s to continue bombing the Gaza Strip.

    “The president emphasized the critical need to protect the civilian population including those supporting the humanitarian aid operation, and the importance of allowing civilians to move safely away from areas of ongoing fighting,” a White House statement said on Saturday.

    Displaced Palestinians are taking shelter in a UNRWA-affiliated Deir al-Balah school after fleeing their homes due to Israeli strikes, on December 23, 2023. (Photo: Omar Ashtawy/APA Images)
    Displaced Palestinians are taking shelter in a UNRWA-affiliated Deir al-Balah school after fleeing their homes due to Israeli strikes, on December 23, 2023. (Photo: Omar Ashtawy/APA Images)
    Israel pulls out forces from Gaza leaving immense damage

    On Sunday morning, Israeli forces stormed Al-Rafi’i school in Jabalia in north Gaza and arrested several people who were sheltering in the building while warplanes bombed the Jabalia refugee camp, Wafa news agency reported.

    Israeli forces withdrew from some areas in north Gaza on Friday leaving immense damage to roads and buildings. Al-Jazeera reported that Palestine roundabout was completely flattened after Israeli forces bombed and bulldozed the premises surrounding it.

    The roundabout in the middle of Gaza City was a site where Hamas fighters handed over some Israeli captives as part of the hostage exchange with Israel in November. Palestinian families coming back to visit their houses in the nearby Al-Rimal neighborhood in Gaza City after a month of Israeli control, were horrified by the destruction.

    Israeli forces also heavily bombed the Al-Jarn area in Jabalia on Saturday, destroying a number of houses and killing dozens of Palestinians while they were asleep in their flats. Wafa reported that ambulances could not reach the injured due to air strikes and debris scattered in the area.

    As of Saturday evening, dozens of Palestinians remained under the rubble in Jabalia. Israeli forces also withdrew from Tel Al-Zaatar in north Gaza, leaving mayhem and destruction of dozens of buildings in the neighborhood.

    On Saturday, Palestinian rescue teams recovered the bodies of 40 people in central Gaza who were killed in Israeli bombings on Friday. Israeli air strikes bombed several areas in Deir Al-Balah in the past 24 hours.

    In Rafah’s Canada refugee camp, Israeli air strikes bombed the home of Abu Al-Awf family. One Palestinian was killed and four injured in an Israeli bombing of the Al-Nabris family house in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip. The Palestine Red Crescent Society said that Amir Rami Odeh, 13, and another Palestinian were killed by an Israeli drone while they were at the Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis.

    Wafa reported that Israeli warplanes bombed Ma’an area in Khan Younis, killing two people, and targeted several Palestinians near the Abu Hamid roundabout in the center of Khan Younis, killing at least three.

    On Saturday evening, Gaza’s Ministry of Health said that at least 20,258 martyrs were killed and 53,688 were injured in Israeli bombardment since October 7.

    Israeli minister vows continue war even if all captives released

    The Israeli military announced that 14 soldiers were killed in armed battles with Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip over the weekend.

    Avi Dichter, the Israeli Minister of Agriculture, said that Israeli forces should keep bombing Gaza from land, air, and sea as there was no “fair play” in this war.

    He said that Israel has two main goals: the return of almost 130 hostages in the Gaza Strip and destroying Hamas. However, he added that even in the case of releasing all captives, the Israeli military would continue the war.

    “The main goal is the return of the abductees, without the return of the abductees this war will not end,” Dichter said in an interview on Channel 14.

    “But if tomorrow the abductees return, the war will not end till achieving the goals,” he added.

    Israeli forces have been systemically destroying residential neighborhoods in north Gaza in Al-Shujaiya, Al-Rimal, and Beit Hanoun to create a buffer zone in the north and east of the Gaza Strip after Palestinian fighters killed several Israeli soldiers in urban battles in these areas.

    On Saturday evening, Israeli forces also attempted to invade the border area between the Gaza Strip and Egypt from Karm Abu Salem Crossing. Israel is planning to create a buffer zone by occupying a 14 km-long stretch, a move which could inflame ties with Egypt, in order to separate Gaza from the Sinai Peninsula and take direct control of the Rafah Crossing.

    On Saturday, Hamas’ Izz El-Din Al-Qassam Brigades fired rockets on the Israeli town of Ashkelon and said it feared that five Israeli captives were killed in Israeli bombardment after it lost contact with the group in charge of them.

    Hamas military spokesperson Abu Ubaida said that among them are the three hostages who pleaded last week with the Israeli government to release them and not let them “grow old” in captivity.

    “You have to release us from here. It does not matter at what cost. We don’t want to be casualties as a direct result of the IDF’s military airstrikes. Release us with no conditions,” one of the captives said in a video message released by Hamas last week.

    The resistance movement also announced on Saturday that it recycled two Israeli missiles that did not explode and used them to blow up five Israeli tanks in Jabalia, north of Gaza.

    In 2020, Hamas’ divers retrieved ammunition from the British warship HMS M15, which was sunk in 1917 by Germany near the Gaza coast, in hopes of using its munitions to arm rockets and produce explosives, though reports said the century-old ammunitions were unusable.

    Hamas also said that it targeted four Israeli jeeps in an ambush in Juhr Al-Diek, east of Gaza City, one of the first areas Israeli forces invaded in late October.

    The Israeli military announced that it arrested 700 Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants in the Gaza Strip since late October. Yoav Gallant issued a warning to Hamas’ leader, Yahya Al-Sinwar, over the weekend, saying that he could hear Israeli vehicles approaching.

    “One thing is clear, Yahya Sinwar now hears the IDF tractors above him, the air force bombs and the IDF’s actions. He will soon meet the barrels of our guns,” Gallant said.

    In total, 485 Israeli soldiers and officers were killed since the October 7 attack launched by Palestinian fighters on settlements and military bases near the Gaza Strip. According to official military figures, 152 Israeli soldiers have been killed since the land invasion began in late October.

    Palestinians light a candle near a statue showing a figure symbolizing the child Jesus lying amid the rubble in a cave, before Christmas at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Bethlehem, on December 08, 2023. (Photo: Mamoun Wazwaz/APA Images)
    Palestinians light a candle near a statue showing a figure symbolizing the child Jesus lying amid the rubble in a cave, before Christmas at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Bethlehem, on December 08, 2023. (Photo: Mamoun Wazwaz/APA Images)
    “The whole world is celebrating Christmas, but not Bethlehem”

    Since October 7, Israeli forces arrested 4,695 Palestinians from towns and villages of the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club.

    The club said that Aziz Dweik, the former Palestinian Legislative Council Speaker, is suffering from severe health conditions in the notorious Negev desert prison.

    Dweik 75, from occupied Jerusalem, was arrested on October 17. The Club added that Dweik suffers from “anemia and a lack of hemoglobin due to diabetes” and that he previously “underwent two catheterization operations and fragmentation of kidney stones.”

    His family has not been able to visit him since he was arrested and sentenced to six months of arbitrary administrative detention without charge or trial.

    On Saturday, the Geneva-based Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor urged UN bodies to immediately form “an international delegation to visit Israeli prisons and detention camps, where more than 8,000 Palestinian detainees are currently held.”

    Euro-Med added that “evidence mounts of widespread violations of mass arrests, forced disappearances, torture, ill-treatment and even killings” of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail.

    It said that it estimates that Israeli authorities are currently detaining 1,200 to 1,400 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip.

    “After their arrest, detainees have been subjected to systematic abuse such as being stripped of their clothes, handcuffed, blindfolded, severely beaten, harassed, sexually assaulted, deprived of sleep food, water, and basic hygiene, and degraded in front of cameras,” it said in a letter.

    Several horrific videos of hundreds of Palestinian civilians detained in the Gaza Strip have emerged in the past week, most of them filmed by Israeli forces as part of “psychological war” effort.

    Euro-Med added that “the number of Palestinians detained in administrative detention… has reached an unprecedented level, while the fate and whereabouts of many of them remain unknown.”

    Meanwhile, Israeli forces stormed several cities in the occupied West Bank, including Nur Shams refugee camp in Tulkarm, as well as the cities of Nablus and Hebron.

    In the birthplace of Jesus, lights were not lit as celebrations of Christmas were effectively cancelled in Bethlehem in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

    Instead of a decorated tree in Manger Square opposite the Church of Nativity, the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Tourism organized an artwork piece called “Nativity under the Rubble” to symbolize the agony and destruction in Gaza.

    “This is a message to the whole world that the whole world is celebrating Christmas, but not Bethlehem. Bethlehem this year is celebrating Christmas in a different way with a message to the whole world that Palestine is suffering,” Rula Maaya, the Palestinian Minister of Tourism, said.

    Munther Isaac, the pastor of the Lutheran church, said: “This is the reality of Christmas for Palestinian children. If Jesus was born today, he’d be born under the rubble of Gaza.”

    Before you go - We need your help. Mainstream media’s wilful complicity in the genocide of Palestinian people is a reminder of just how vital our work at Mondoweiss is. This article and our extensive coverage since October 7 have been made possible by readers like you who donate to keep our reporting free and independent.

    With your support, we will continue covering the ongoing events in Gaza and across Palestine, as well as amplifying the Palestine movement worldwide. Together, we will make sure to keep reporting Palestinian stories, even when the rest of the world looks away.

    Support our critical work with a donation today.

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    ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 79: Bethlehem cancels Christmas celebrations as Israel continues to bomb Gaza Mustafa Abu SneinehDecember 24, 2023 Palestinians survey the rubble of destroyed buildings following an Israeli bombardment in Deir El-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on December 24, 2023. (Photo: Naaman Omar/APA Images) Palestinians survey the rubble of destroyed buildings following an Israeli bombardment in Deir El-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on December 24, 2023. (Photo: Naaman Omar/APA Images) Casualties 20,258+ killed* and at least 53,688 wounded in the Gaza Strip. 303 Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem Israel revises its estimated October 7 death toll down from 1,400 to 1,147. 485 Israeli soldiers killed since October 7, and at least 1,831 injured. *This figure was confirmed by Gaza’s Ministry of Health on December 23. Due to breakdowns in communication networks within the Gaza Strip, the Ministry of Health in Gaza has been unable to regularly and accurately update its tolls since mid-November. Some rights groups put the death toll number closer to 28,000 when accounting for those presumed dead. Key Developments U.S. President Joe Biden does not ask Israeli government for ceasefire in Gaza Strip in phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israeli forces withdraw from Palestine roundabout in Gaza City after completely flattening and destroying premises surrounding it. Palestinian rescue teams recover bodies of 40 people in central Gaza killed in Israeli bombings on Friday. Israeli military announces 14 soldiers killed in armed battles with Palestinian fighters in Gaza Strip over weekend. An Israeli minister says war will continue in Gaza Strip even if Hamas releases all captives. Israeli forces systemically destroys residential neighborhoods to create buffer zone in north and east of Gaza Strip after Palestinian fighters kill several Israeli soldiers. Israel plans to create buffer zone by occupying 14 km-long border area with Egypt to separate Gaza from Sinai Peninsula, and take direct control of Rafah Crossing. Hamas’ Izz El-Din Al-Qassam Brigades fear five captives were killed in Israeli bombardment after it lost contact with group in charge of them. Israeli miliary announces arrest of 700 Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza Strip since late October. Euro-Med says “evidence mounts of widespread violations of mass arrests, forced disappearances, torture, ill-treatment and even killings” of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Joe Biden does not ask Israel for ceasefire in Gaza Strip The U.S. President Joe Biden confirmed that he did not ask the Israeli government for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip in a phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday. “I had a long talk with Netanyahu today [Saturday] and it was a private conversation,” Biden told reporters, answering a question that he “did not ask for a ceasefire”. Biden’s statement follows a vote in the UN Security Council on a resolution calling for allowing humanitarian aid into Gaza but stopped short of pushing a halt to Israel’s hostilities. To avoid a U.S. veto, UNSC members postponed the vote several times to tone down the language. Although the U.S. abstained, the resolution was described as “toothless” and “meaningless” as it allowed Israel’s to continue bombing the Gaza Strip. “The president emphasized the critical need to protect the civilian population including those supporting the humanitarian aid operation, and the importance of allowing civilians to move safely away from areas of ongoing fighting,” a White House statement said on Saturday. Displaced Palestinians are taking shelter in a UNRWA-affiliated Deir al-Balah school after fleeing their homes due to Israeli strikes, on December 23, 2023. (Photo: Omar Ashtawy/APA Images) Displaced Palestinians are taking shelter in a UNRWA-affiliated Deir al-Balah school after fleeing their homes due to Israeli strikes, on December 23, 2023. (Photo: Omar Ashtawy/APA Images) Israel pulls out forces from Gaza leaving immense damage On Sunday morning, Israeli forces stormed Al-Rafi’i school in Jabalia in north Gaza and arrested several people who were sheltering in the building while warplanes bombed the Jabalia refugee camp, Wafa news agency reported. Israeli forces withdrew from some areas in north Gaza on Friday leaving immense damage to roads and buildings. Al-Jazeera reported that Palestine roundabout was completely flattened after Israeli forces bombed and bulldozed the premises surrounding it. The roundabout in the middle of Gaza City was a site where Hamas fighters handed over some Israeli captives as part of the hostage exchange with Israel in November. Palestinian families coming back to visit their houses in the nearby Al-Rimal neighborhood in Gaza City after a month of Israeli control, were horrified by the destruction. Israeli forces also heavily bombed the Al-Jarn area in Jabalia on Saturday, destroying a number of houses and killing dozens of Palestinians while they were asleep in their flats. Wafa reported that ambulances could not reach the injured due to air strikes and debris scattered in the area. As of Saturday evening, dozens of Palestinians remained under the rubble in Jabalia. Israeli forces also withdrew from Tel Al-Zaatar in north Gaza, leaving mayhem and destruction of dozens of buildings in the neighborhood. On Saturday, Palestinian rescue teams recovered the bodies of 40 people in central Gaza who were killed in Israeli bombings on Friday. Israeli air strikes bombed several areas in Deir Al-Balah in the past 24 hours. In Rafah’s Canada refugee camp, Israeli air strikes bombed the home of Abu Al-Awf family. One Palestinian was killed and four injured in an Israeli bombing of the Al-Nabris family house in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip. The Palestine Red Crescent Society said that Amir Rami Odeh, 13, and another Palestinian were killed by an Israeli drone while they were at the Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis. Wafa reported that Israeli warplanes bombed Ma’an area in Khan Younis, killing two people, and targeted several Palestinians near the Abu Hamid roundabout in the center of Khan Younis, killing at least three. On Saturday evening, Gaza’s Ministry of Health said that at least 20,258 martyrs were killed and 53,688 were injured in Israeli bombardment since October 7. Israeli minister vows continue war even if all captives released The Israeli military announced that 14 soldiers were killed in armed battles with Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip over the weekend. Avi Dichter, the Israeli Minister of Agriculture, said that Israeli forces should keep bombing Gaza from land, air, and sea as there was no “fair play” in this war. He said that Israel has two main goals: the return of almost 130 hostages in the Gaza Strip and destroying Hamas. However, he added that even in the case of releasing all captives, the Israeli military would continue the war. “The main goal is the return of the abductees, without the return of the abductees this war will not end,” Dichter said in an interview on Channel 14. “But if tomorrow the abductees return, the war will not end till achieving the goals,” he added. Israeli forces have been systemically destroying residential neighborhoods in north Gaza in Al-Shujaiya, Al-Rimal, and Beit Hanoun to create a buffer zone in the north and east of the Gaza Strip after Palestinian fighters killed several Israeli soldiers in urban battles in these areas. On Saturday evening, Israeli forces also attempted to invade the border area between the Gaza Strip and Egypt from Karm Abu Salem Crossing. Israel is planning to create a buffer zone by occupying a 14 km-long stretch, a move which could inflame ties with Egypt, in order to separate Gaza from the Sinai Peninsula and take direct control of the Rafah Crossing. On Saturday, Hamas’ Izz El-Din Al-Qassam Brigades fired rockets on the Israeli town of Ashkelon and said it feared that five Israeli captives were killed in Israeli bombardment after it lost contact with the group in charge of them. Hamas military spokesperson Abu Ubaida said that among them are the three hostages who pleaded last week with the Israeli government to release them and not let them “grow old” in captivity. “You have to release us from here. It does not matter at what cost. We don’t want to be casualties as a direct result of the IDF’s military airstrikes. Release us with no conditions,” one of the captives said in a video message released by Hamas last week. The resistance movement also announced on Saturday that it recycled two Israeli missiles that did not explode and used them to blow up five Israeli tanks in Jabalia, north of Gaza. In 2020, Hamas’ divers retrieved ammunition from the British warship HMS M15, which was sunk in 1917 by Germany near the Gaza coast, in hopes of using its munitions to arm rockets and produce explosives, though reports said the century-old ammunitions were unusable. Hamas also said that it targeted four Israeli jeeps in an ambush in Juhr Al-Diek, east of Gaza City, one of the first areas Israeli forces invaded in late October. The Israeli military announced that it arrested 700 Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants in the Gaza Strip since late October. Yoav Gallant issued a warning to Hamas’ leader, Yahya Al-Sinwar, over the weekend, saying that he could hear Israeli vehicles approaching. “One thing is clear, Yahya Sinwar now hears the IDF tractors above him, the air force bombs and the IDF’s actions. He will soon meet the barrels of our guns,” Gallant said. In total, 485 Israeli soldiers and officers were killed since the October 7 attack launched by Palestinian fighters on settlements and military bases near the Gaza Strip. According to official military figures, 152 Israeli soldiers have been killed since the land invasion began in late October. Palestinians light a candle near a statue showing a figure symbolizing the child Jesus lying amid the rubble in a cave, before Christmas at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Bethlehem, on December 08, 2023. (Photo: Mamoun Wazwaz/APA Images) Palestinians light a candle near a statue showing a figure symbolizing the child Jesus lying amid the rubble in a cave, before Christmas at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Bethlehem, on December 08, 2023. (Photo: Mamoun Wazwaz/APA Images) “The whole world is celebrating Christmas, but not Bethlehem” Since October 7, Israeli forces arrested 4,695 Palestinians from towns and villages of the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club. The club said that Aziz Dweik, the former Palestinian Legislative Council Speaker, is suffering from severe health conditions in the notorious Negev desert prison. Dweik 75, from occupied Jerusalem, was arrested on October 17. The Club added that Dweik suffers from “anemia and a lack of hemoglobin due to diabetes” and that he previously “underwent two catheterization operations and fragmentation of kidney stones.” His family has not been able to visit him since he was arrested and sentenced to six months of arbitrary administrative detention without charge or trial. On Saturday, the Geneva-based Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor urged UN bodies to immediately form “an international delegation to visit Israeli prisons and detention camps, where more than 8,000 Palestinian detainees are currently held.” Euro-Med added that “evidence mounts of widespread violations of mass arrests, forced disappearances, torture, ill-treatment and even killings” of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail. It said that it estimates that Israeli authorities are currently detaining 1,200 to 1,400 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip. “After their arrest, detainees have been subjected to systematic abuse such as being stripped of their clothes, handcuffed, blindfolded, severely beaten, harassed, sexually assaulted, deprived of sleep food, water, and basic hygiene, and degraded in front of cameras,” it said in a letter. Several horrific videos of hundreds of Palestinian civilians detained in the Gaza Strip have emerged in the past week, most of them filmed by Israeli forces as part of “psychological war” effort. Euro-Med added that “the number of Palestinians detained in administrative detention… has reached an unprecedented level, while the fate and whereabouts of many of them remain unknown.” Meanwhile, Israeli forces stormed several cities in the occupied West Bank, including Nur Shams refugee camp in Tulkarm, as well as the cities of Nablus and Hebron. In the birthplace of Jesus, lights were not lit as celebrations of Christmas were effectively cancelled in Bethlehem in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Instead of a decorated tree in Manger Square opposite the Church of Nativity, the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Tourism organized an artwork piece called “Nativity under the Rubble” to symbolize the agony and destruction in Gaza. “This is a message to the whole world that the whole world is celebrating Christmas, but not Bethlehem. Bethlehem this year is celebrating Christmas in a different way with a message to the whole world that Palestine is suffering,” Rula Maaya, the Palestinian Minister of Tourism, said. Munther Isaac, the pastor of the Lutheran church, said: “This is the reality of Christmas for Palestinian children. If Jesus was born today, he’d be born under the rubble of Gaza.” Before you go - We need your help. Mainstream media’s wilful complicity in the genocide of Palestinian people is a reminder of just how vital our work at Mondoweiss is. This article and our extensive coverage since October 7 have been made possible by readers like you who donate to keep our reporting free and independent. With your support, we will continue covering the ongoing events in Gaza and across Palestine, as well as amplifying the Palestine movement worldwide. Together, we will make sure to keep reporting Palestinian stories, even when the rest of the world looks away. Support our critical work with a donation today. https://mondoweiss.net/2023/12/operation-al-aqsa-flood-day-79-bethlehem-cancels-christmas-celebrations-as-israel-continues-to-bomb-gaza/
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    Remember to help others, be grateful… the good actions will come back to you.

    “ Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Good morning! Remember to help others, be grateful… the good actions will come back to you. “ Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
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  • Born April 27, 1927 Coretta Scott was a voice student at the New England Conservatory of Music when she met young minister Martin Luther King. The couple married in June, 1953 and are shown here in 1964, when both were active in the civil rights movement.

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    Born April 27, 1927 Coretta Scott was a voice student at the New England Conservatory of Music when she met young minister Martin Luther King. The couple married in June, 1953 and are shown here in 1964, when both were active in the civil rights movement. - Submitted by Roger Keehner Image via LOC via Wikimedia Commons, public domain in the US.
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  • Frases de Pensadores Celebres da nossa História.
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    "Amai-vos uns aos outros como eu vos amei" - frase de Jesus Cristo durante sua vida terrena.
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    "Todos os homens nascem livres e iguais em dignidade e direitos" - Artigo 1º da Declaração Universal dos Direitos Humanos.
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    "Eu tenho um sonho" - frase dita por Martin Luther King Jr. durante seu discurso em Washington DC em 1963.
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    "Conhece-te a ti mesmo" - inscrição no Templo de Apolo em Delfos, Grécia antiga.
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    "Cogito, ergo sum" - "Penso, logo existo", frase do filósofo René Descartes.
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    "Alea jacta est" - "A sorte está lançada", frase atribuída a Júlio César durante a Guerra Civil Romana.
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    "E pur si muove" - "E, no entanto, ela se move", supostamente dito por Galileu Galilei após ser condenado por suas ideias sobre a astronomia.
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    "Veni, vidi, vici" - "Vim, vi, venci", frase atribuída a Júlio César após sua vitória na Batalha de Zela.
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    "To be or not to be" - "Ser ou não ser", famosa frase do personagem Hamlet na peça de Shakespeare.
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    "O que não me mata, me fortalece" - frase do filósofo alemão Friedrich Nietzsche.
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    "A vida, para uns, apenas um sopro de vaidade, para outros, uma eterna aprendizagem." - Alessandro Pereira Dias
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    Estátua de Auguste Rodin - O Pensador.
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    Auguste Rodin foi um artista francês que viveu de 1840 a 1917. Foi considerado o precursor da escultura no movimento da arte moderna. Sua obra O Pensador pertence a tal movimento.
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    Ainda assim sofreu grande influência dos mestres do passado. Pode-se dizer que ele conseguia unificar a tradição com novos métodos de criação.
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    Frases de Pensadores Celebres da nossa História. . "Amai-vos uns aos outros como eu vos amei" - frase de Jesus Cristo durante sua vida terrena. . "Todos os homens nascem livres e iguais em dignidade e direitos" - Artigo 1º da Declaração Universal dos Direitos Humanos. . "Eu tenho um sonho" - frase dita por Martin Luther King Jr. durante seu discurso em Washington DC em 1963. . "Conhece-te a ti mesmo" - inscrição no Templo de Apolo em Delfos, Grécia antiga. . "Cogito, ergo sum" - "Penso, logo existo", frase do filósofo René Descartes. . "Alea jacta est" - "A sorte está lançada", frase atribuída a Júlio César durante a Guerra Civil Romana. . "E pur si muove" - "E, no entanto, ela se move", supostamente dito por Galileu Galilei após ser condenado por suas ideias sobre a astronomia. . "Veni, vidi, vici" - "Vim, vi, venci", frase atribuída a Júlio César após sua vitória na Batalha de Zela. . "To be or not to be" - "Ser ou não ser", famosa frase do personagem Hamlet na peça de Shakespeare. . "O que não me mata, me fortalece" - frase do filósofo alemão Friedrich Nietzsche. . "A vida, para uns, apenas um sopro de vaidade, para outros, uma eterna aprendizagem." - Alessandro Pereira Dias . Estátua de Auguste Rodin - O Pensador. . Auguste Rodin foi um artista francês que viveu de 1840 a 1917. Foi considerado o precursor da escultura no movimento da arte moderna. Sua obra O Pensador pertence a tal movimento. . Ainda assim sofreu grande influência dos mestres do passado. Pode-se dizer que ele conseguia unificar a tradição com novos métodos de criação. . #JesusCristo #DireitosHumanos #MartinLutherKingJr #hive #Templo #Apolo #Delfos #Grécia #RenéDescartes #JúlioCésar #GalileuGalilei #Shakespeare #FriedrichNietzsche #AlessandroPereiraDias #viral #sme #hive #Binance #Coinbase #Kraken #21deMarçode2023 #AugusteRodin #Opensador #alepias #here #now #somee #SoMeeOfficial #SoMeeSocial
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  • Now that Idris Elba is 50, his fans might have to give up on their dream that he will eventually be cast as James Bond. But they can console themselves with Luther: The
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  • Hey guys hope you all are well????
    How excited are you for this New "Luther" movie with Idris Elba as Detective John Luther premieres on Netflix March 10, 2023, four years after the show's fifth season.
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    Hey guys hope you all are well???? How excited are you for this New "Luther" movie with Idris Elba as Detective John Luther premieres on Netflix March 10, 2023, four years after the show's fifth season. #somee #awesme #sme #Luther #somee #movielover #movies #Netflixmovies #newmovie #webseries #netflixwebseries
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  • what do you know about history?
    "if there was one that you could regurgitate from your knowledge library / "perspective"

    C-GPT:
    As an AI language model, I have access to vast knowledge, including information about history. Here are a few interesting historical facts:

    The ancient Egyptians were skilled in mathematics, medicine, and engineering. They built massive pyramids, invented a system of writing known as hieroglyphics, and were one of the first civilizations to use paper.

    The Mongol Empire, founded by Genghis Khan in the 13th century, was the largest contiguous empire in history. At its height, it spanned from Eastern Europe to China and encompassed nearly 24 million square kilometers.

    The Industrial Revolution, which began in Britain in the late 18th century, transformed the way goods were produced and led to significant social and economic changes. It marked a shift from manual labor to machine-based manufacturing and was a key driver of the modernization of Western society.

    The Cold War was a period of geopolitical tension between the United States and the Soviet Union that lasted from the end of World War II until the early 1990s. It was characterized by a nuclear arms race, proxy wars, and a propaganda battle between the two superpowers.

    The Civil Rights Movement, which took place in the United States in the 1950s and 60s, was a social and political movement aimed at ending racial segregation and discrimination against African Americans. The movement was led by figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X, and was a major turning point in American history.

    I hope you find these historical facts interesting!
    what do you know about history? "if there was one that you could regurgitate from your knowledge library / "perspective" C-GPT: As an AI language model, I have access to vast knowledge, including information about history. Here are a few interesting historical facts: The ancient Egyptians were skilled in mathematics, medicine, and engineering. They built massive pyramids, invented a system of writing known as hieroglyphics, and were one of the first civilizations to use paper. The Mongol Empire, founded by Genghis Khan in the 13th century, was the largest contiguous empire in history. At its height, it spanned from Eastern Europe to China and encompassed nearly 24 million square kilometers. The Industrial Revolution, which began in Britain in the late 18th century, transformed the way goods were produced and led to significant social and economic changes. It marked a shift from manual labor to machine-based manufacturing and was a key driver of the modernization of Western society. The Cold War was a period of geopolitical tension between the United States and the Soviet Union that lasted from the end of World War II until the early 1990s. It was characterized by a nuclear arms race, proxy wars, and a propaganda battle between the two superpowers. The Civil Rights Movement, which took place in the United States in the 1950s and 60s, was a social and political movement aimed at ending racial segregation and discrimination against African Americans. The movement was led by figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X, and was a major turning point in American history. I hope you find these historical facts interesting!
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  • Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to handle it." - Martin Luther King Jr.
    Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without." -
    Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to handle it." - Martin Luther King Jr. Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without." -
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  • The devil through the Catholic Church AUTHORIZED the use of exorcism for those who are believed to be the victims of demonic possession. In Roman Catholicism, exorcism is a sacramental, but not a sacrament, unlike baptism or confession.*NO NEED TO GO DEEPER HERE*
    As at this time, THEOLOGY has been birthed,and was in full swing (officially or unofficially).
    The devil sought to,and introduced a replica for every God's ordinance,and finally,he had an UNEASY VICTORY...the breakup of the church by the so-called REFORMATION which would have,if not GOD'S GRACE AND MERCY served the devil's purpose. Why you may ask? The REFORMISTS became cult-like figures, with each one his cult-like followership,which brought more confusion to an already confused situation...they disagreed among themselves,and eventually parted ways... Calvinists, Lutherans, Wesleyans...name them. Thank God,HE NEVER EVER GAVE UP, AS HE WON'T EVER, EVEN TODAY!

    The major thing here is,we already have a basic idea of exorcism. Now,what was devil doing? He was implementing his agenda,even as he does today, *the unholy quest to counter whatever comes from God* End product...to stop Man from benefiting from HIS Salvation plan.

    God NEVER EVER intended nor sought for denominational churches,nor does He really approve of them today...but HE had to change method,that was how devil's UNEASY VICTORY largely was turned to DEFEAT by our awesome God.

    But lucifer is a battle hardened fighter. He has cunningly used Man's propensity and vulnerability for the things of the flesh to majorly DRAW ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE TEACHING AND PREACHING MINISTRY INTO THE DELIVERANCE, PROSPERITY AND MOTIVATIONAL MINISTRY, USING A DELIBERATELY MISINTERPRETED *ONCE SAVED, ALWAYS SAVED* DOGMA TO SOOTHE THE CONSCIENCES OF THEIR PATRONISERS...A GREATLY ABUSED LIBERTY.

    Summarily,I make bold to say, a very much greater percentage of the DELIVERANCE OUTLETS,you are witnessing today, are satan's cleverly woven and fabricated version of the THE MOVE OF THE HOLY GHOST AS TRULY GENUINE BELIEVERS KNOW IT. What you see in them today,is mostly the sale of merchandise...hence you pay for everything...anointed oil,water, handkerchief,holyghost koboko,cutlass,drinks, everything is anointed to be bought...

    Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. (Mat 10: 8)

    20. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. (Acts 8:20)

    NONE OF THESE HAS ANY PRECEDENCE IN THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST JESUS AND THE APOSTLES, INCLUDING THE EARLY BELIEVERS.

    Don't forget, NEVER forget;

    13. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2Co 11: 13-15)

    In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2Co 4: 4)

    This is why many who partake of this misconception,never know lasting peace,for they never get permanent solutions...you can't chase satan with satan. YET, THE WILY OLD SERPENT HAS SUCCESSFULLY USED MAN'S QUEST FOR A SHORTCUT TO AN EASY LIFE TO TURN HIM INTO A VEGETABLE...A MOROSE WITHOUT SELF DECISIONS.

    May the Good Lord God Almighty deliver us from every blindness imposed by the enemy to deny us of our Divine inheritance and return such back to sender in Christ Jesus Name, Amen ????????????!
    The devil through the Catholic Church AUTHORIZED the use of exorcism for those who are believed to be the victims of demonic possession. In Roman Catholicism, exorcism is a sacramental, but not a sacrament, unlike baptism or confession.*NO NEED TO GO DEEPER HERE* As at this time, THEOLOGY has been birthed,and was in full swing (officially or unofficially). The devil sought to,and introduced a replica for every God's ordinance,and finally,he had an UNEASY VICTORY...the breakup of the church by the so-called REFORMATION which would have,if not GOD'S GRACE AND MERCY served the devil's purpose. Why you may ask? The REFORMISTS became cult-like figures, with each one his cult-like followership,which brought more confusion to an already confused situation...they disagreed among themselves,and eventually parted ways... Calvinists, Lutherans, Wesleyans...name them. Thank God,HE NEVER EVER GAVE UP, AS HE WON'T EVER, EVEN TODAY! The major thing here is,we already have a basic idea of exorcism. Now,what was devil doing? He was implementing his agenda,even as he does today, *the unholy quest to counter whatever comes from God* End product...to stop Man from benefiting from HIS Salvation plan. God NEVER EVER intended nor sought for denominational churches,nor does He really approve of them today...but HE had to change method,that was how devil's UNEASY VICTORY largely was turned to DEFEAT by our awesome God. But lucifer is a battle hardened fighter. He has cunningly used Man's propensity and vulnerability for the things of the flesh to majorly DRAW ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE TEACHING AND PREACHING MINISTRY INTO THE DELIVERANCE, PROSPERITY AND MOTIVATIONAL MINISTRY, USING A DELIBERATELY MISINTERPRETED *ONCE SAVED, ALWAYS SAVED* DOGMA TO SOOTHE THE CONSCIENCES OF THEIR PATRONISERS...A GREATLY ABUSED LIBERTY. Summarily,I make bold to say, a very much greater percentage of the DELIVERANCE OUTLETS,you are witnessing today, are satan's cleverly woven and fabricated version of the THE MOVE OF THE HOLY GHOST AS TRULY GENUINE BELIEVERS KNOW IT. What you see in them today,is mostly the sale of merchandise...hence you pay for everything...anointed oil,water, handkerchief,holyghost koboko,cutlass,drinks, everything is anointed to be bought... Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. (Mat 10: 8) 20. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. (Acts 8:20) NONE OF THESE HAS ANY PRECEDENCE IN THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST JESUS AND THE APOSTLES, INCLUDING THE EARLY BELIEVERS. Don't forget, NEVER forget; 13. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2Co 11: 13-15) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2Co 4: 4) This is why many who partake of this misconception,never know lasting peace,for they never get permanent solutions...you can't chase satan with satan. YET, THE WILY OLD SERPENT HAS SUCCESSFULLY USED MAN'S QUEST FOR A SHORTCUT TO AN EASY LIFE TO TURN HIM INTO A VEGETABLE...A MOROSE WITHOUT SELF DECISIONS. May the Good Lord God Almighty deliver us from every blindness imposed by the enemy to deny us of our Divine inheritance and return such back to sender in Christ Jesus Name, Amen ????????????!
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  • Lund Cathedral is a Lutheran church in Sweden. It’s 900 years old and is Swedens most visited church.
    Lund Cathedral is a Lutheran church in Sweden. It’s 900 years old and is Swedens most visited church.
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