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Nuns say Bethlehem is dying, due to apathy of Christian world

As the Israeli military occupation continues in Bethlehem, the nuns who run the city's Caritas Baby Hospital have launched an appeal to the world.

"Bethlehem is dying, due the apathy of the entire Christian world," said the Elizabethan Sisters of Padua said in a statement. "We are all being punished, we live like prisoners, like animals in a cage, fed by the humanitarian organisations."

"A few days from Christmas, here in Bethlehem we do not know what celebrating means. Misery reigns on our desolate streets, covered in rubbish. From their armoured vehicles, today, yesterday and the day before yesterday, soldiers shout out orders for the curfew. We are forbidden to leave our homes.

"We are prisoners. How can we remain indifferent? How can we maintain silence? How can they keep us like slaves, locking us up in our houses like a tomb, preventing us from walking through our own city, forbidding our children to go to school, for such a long time?

"A few days before Christmas our best and profound sentiments have been blown away by the cold winds of war, as dead leaves."

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