In a tragic turn of events on Christmas Eve, the renowned nativity sculpture in Bethlehem has become a symbol of resistance against Israeli aggression, mirroring the historic hardships faced by the Holy Family and resonating with the current plight of Palestinians.
The iconic nativity scene, nestled in Manger Square, suffered significant damage by an Israeli attack in what local authorities are reporting as an air strike. The once serene and cherished depiction of the birth of Jesus, set against the backdrop of Bethlehem’s historic caves, now lies in ruins, sending shockwaves through the community.
The bombed-out nativity sculpture, crafted to reflect the simplicity and sanctity of the holy moment, has taken on a new, unintended symbolism. The devastation serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges faced by Christ’s family over two millennia ago and, tragically, reflects the harsh realities experienced by Palestinian families today.
Local eyewitnesses describe a scene of chaos and sorrow as the news of the destruction spread throughout Bethlehem.