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Bethlehem Live offers Roots celebration Aug 3 – 6

August 3, 2017 - August 6, 2017

Bethlehem Live 2017 celebration
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Bethlehem Live offers Roots celebration Aug 3 – 6

Join us this year from July 3rd – 6th 2017 to grow new opportunities and connections in Star Street, Bethlehem’s Old City.

Bet Lahem Live (Bethlehem Live) is brought to you by the Holy Land Trust. More than music and art festival, it challenges our local and international notions of justice, faith, and community in a globalized world while celebrating diversity in creative ways.

You are part of the BetLahem Live family and we are calling for your continuous support once again. We invite you to hand by hand make it happen again for this year edition: To The Roots!

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Bethlehem Live 2017 celebration

Bethlehem Live 2017 celebration

2017 BetLahem Live, To The Roots: changing the conversation! This year festival aims at bringing a different perspective of the past. The slogan “To The Roots” clusters the festival’s message of responsibility, diversity, and creativity, which engages the communities to a different conversation upon the past, as well the future.

• 100 years since Balfour Declaration (1917)

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• 70 years since UN Partition of Palestine (1947)

• 50 years since Al-Naksa/Six days war (1967)

• 30 years since 1st Intifada (1987)

• 10 years since Israel blockade on Gaza (2007)

Acknowledging this painful past, the BetLahem Live Festival offers a window toward peace, community building, and collective achievements. Bet Lahem Live 2017, To the Roots, recognizes all of the ways in which courageous, committed Palestinians in the community have taken responsibility to act for justice over these past years. There is much tragedy in our past, but there are also individual and community achievements for peace and justice that deserve celebration. In reaching these ends, Bet Lahem Live creates programs that engage, promote and celebrate diversity and acceptance in Bethlehem.

The festival holds a cultural platform for the arts and heritage of Bethlehem’s communities that couples with rich global talent that creates a unique exchange of creativity and expression. Our multifaceted seminars open up a space to raise awareness to social justice and empowers participants to take tangible actions towards change. This event serves as a global model of how to connect the cultural to social justice issues to lift up the voice of the local community. Let’s take advantage of this opportunity to change the conversation and to create the future we deserve!

Bet Lahem Live bringts together the communities of Christian, Muslims, and Jews in a celebration of human rights through culture, history, and the arts.

Through a commitment to the principles of nonviolence, Holy Land Trust aspires to strengthen and empower the peoples of the Holy Land to engage in spiritual, pragmatic and strategic paths that will end all forms of oppression. We create the space for the healing of the historic wounds in order to transform communities and build a future that makes the Holy Land a global model for understanding, respect, justice, equality and peace.

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Managing Writer at The Arab Daily News
RAY HANANIA — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, and for, and

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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