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    Bethlehem Siezed:


    Gunmen storm city hall in biblical Bethlehem
    Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades members demand jobs, leave peacefully
    Palestinian gunmen briefly seize Bethlehem city hall, on Tuesday.
    NBC News

    Updated: 7:28 a.m. ET Dec. 20, 2005
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Palestinian gunmen briefly seized Bethlehem city hall, overlooking the Church of the Nativity, on Tuesday in a jarring interruption to Christmas preparations in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

    The incident, five days before Christmas, was another sign of growing lawlessness in Palestinian territories and the turmoil within Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction ahead of a January parliamentary election.

    About 20 gunmen from Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades fanned out on rooftops and in the offices of city hall, firing several shots in the air and forcing workers out. They demanded money and jobs for about 320 members.

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    Masked gunmen carrying assault rifles appeared beside the glittering star set up on the roof ahead of festivities.

    Witnesses said that the gunmen left after about an hour after Bethlehem’s governor promised to address their demand for jobs and pay.

    “What happened in Bethlehem is regrettable, especially as it comes at a time when the city is preparing itself for Christmas festivities,” said Bethlehem Mayor Victor Batarseh.

    Memories of five-week standoff
    The episode revived memories of a five-week standoff between the Israeli army and a band of gunmen who took over the Nativity church in 2002.

    Bethlehem has only just begun to recover from the siege, which turned the town into a virtual war zone and badly damaged its tourism industry.

    As the drama in Bethlehem unfolded, about a 100 al-Aqsa brigades gunmen took over the local Fatah offices in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis to demand jobs for members.

    Abbas' Fatah faction has been split ahead of a January 25 parliamentary election in a power struggle between veteran leaders tainted by corruption and a young guard seeking a bigger share of power.

    In an ultimatum to Abbas, the Gaza gunmen said they would prevent foreigners from entering Gaza and would lead a boycott against the election unless the Palestinian leader found jobs for militants in the security forces.

    “We will also split from Fatah if our rights are not achieved,” one of the gunmen said.

    Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters.

    Will it ever stop? Merry Christmas?
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    for a second i thought this was about Bethlehem Pennsylvania
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pioneer
    for a second i thought this was about Bethlehem Pennsylvania
    Me too. Especially since I just moved into my new house in Allentown.
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    Really though I dont blame the palestinians most scientific evidence Ive seen claims that todays Jews have no relation to the Jews of biblical times. If thats true they are wrongfully occupying the land. Armenians and other middle eastern peoples are closer geneticlly linked to Biblical Jews than are the modern day ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pioneer
    for a second i thought this was about Bethlehem Pennsylvania
    Yea, But they said the gunmen had assault rifles. Gunmen in Pa. carry shotguns and spend most of their time shooting empty beer cans off treetrunks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by candyman26
    Really though I dont blame the palestinians most scientific evidence Ive seen claims that todays Jews have no relation to the Jews of biblical times. If thats true they are wrongfully occupying the land. Armenians and other middle eastern peoples are closer geneticlly linked to Biblical Jews than are the modern day ones.
    Perhaps a more clear understanding could be had from revisiting the Bible(first edition of course)Just click the following link..." jews/israel/homeland/godpromised.html"... oops maybe just read the cliff notes.
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    why don't they sieze Midlothian, Virgina for crying out loud
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    Corporations should sieze it and turn it into a religious theme park. Welcome to Zealot Land! There could be car bomb rides, and for a quarter you can cast righteous indignation at the religion of your choice that doesn't agree with yours.

    Silly Zealots, God doesn't care about real estate, he cares about what people do with their time here on Earth.
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    "Silly Zealots, God doesn't care about real estate, he cares about what people do with their time here on Earth"


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