Palestinian Christians in the Gaza Strip have charged Israeli authorities with issuing Christmas travel permits to some family members but not others.
Fr Mario da Silva, Parish Priest of Gaza, told Independent Catholic News:
The report noted that for Palestinian Christians of Gaza, obtaining a permit to celebrate Christmas and Easter in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, presents an opportunity to escape their horrific reality; an act that Israel fears and rejects by placing more restrictions on their travel.
While foreign tourists enjoy and make pilgrimages to religious shrines in the Holy Land as their integral human right to freedom of religion, indigenous Palestinians are still slapped with restrictive privileges in the form of military permits to do the same.
Source: Palestine Chronicle