December 25, 2011
Bethlehem memory Re "O little town of tourist dollars," Column One, Dec. 20 The article says that although tourists flock to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, they don't spend much money there. My experience is different. In February I traveled with friends to Israel and added an optional excursion to Bethlehem. At the border, we were transferred from our Israeli tour bus to one owned and operated by Palestinians. Our group of 20 was then taken to a restaurant for an excellent lunch, followed by an extended visit to a Christian woodcarving store where many in the group bought items to take to our next stop, the Church of the Nativity.
April 2, 2006 |
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964, the day the police decided my mother killed my father, I woke up late, the kind of late that snaps you out of your favorite dream, the one where you're wrapped in the arms of your favorite TV hunk--mine was Dr. Kildare--and he's just about to . . . when bang your unconscious tells you the sun is out, the lights are on all over the house and you're going to be late for school because nobody got you out of bed. We were a family of five. I was 14 and the oldest.
May 10, 2002
I am disgusted by the decision of Times photographer Carolyn Cole to resupply and provide cover to armed combatants in Bethlehem (May 2-9). At what point did The Times make the transition from covering the news to becoming an active participant in it? The paper's coverage of the Bethlehem siege goes way past the paper's usual "advocacy" journalism to making it an active supporter of violence against Israel. David Bergman Culver City
December 21, 1987 |
Christmas festivities in Bethlehem, the annual highlight in this hilltop town where Jesus was born, are in danger of being sharply curtailed this year because of Arab-Israeli violence. Mayor Elias Freij said Sunday that he is under mounting pressure to cancel all non-religious functions surrounding the holiday to protest a wave of violence in Israel's occupied territories. Official Christmas functions are scheduled to begin Thursday morning in this town four miles south of Jerusalem.
December 20, 1994
Christians who travel to the birthplace of Jesus to celebrate the traditional Holy Week midnight Mass on Saturday will find Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, bedecked with more Palestinian flags than Christmas trees. The Israeli army still occupies the West Bank, but the government has handed over certain areas of civilian life, including tourism, to the Palestinians.
March 31, 1996
I am writing to thank Don Heckman for his review of the reissue program of Bethlehem recordings from the 1950s ("The Blessings of Bethlehem," March 24). I hope that his message is received by the decision makers at the major recording companies, most of whom continue to ignore the rich heritage of jazz that wastes away in their vaults. Take the case of two extremely important Los Angeles jazz labels--Pacific Jazz, which was established by Roy Harte and Dick Bock in 1952, and Les Koenig's Contemporary Records, which was founded about the same time.