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Mayor of Bethlehem gave letter to Obama
Published Saturday 23/03/2013 (updated) 25/03/2013 11:30
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun handed a letter to US president Barack Obama during his short visit to Bethlehem’s Church of Nativity on Friday.

The letter, according to Baboun, is of special importance because it was from the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

"Bethlehem isn't living in peace despite the fact that the city was a source of peace to the whole world," the letter read, according to the mayor of Bethlehem.

She explained that the letter was enclosed with a gift to Obama from the Bethlehem city council -- a sculpture of the birth of Jesus on an olive branch.

Baboun told Ma'an that her letter tackled the issue of Israel's separation wall which surrounds Bethlehem, and Israeli restrictions on construction and development in the small city.

"God almighty created weather changes so Obama couldn’t arrive in Bethlehem by helicopter. Instead, he entered the city via the separation wall so he was able to see firsthand how the residents of Bethlehem suffer from the restrictions imposed by the occupation."

Baboun highlighted that Obama talked to a priest who told the US president, "Don’t be like all other US presidents. Be different and make peace, carving your name in gold as there isn't enough time left."

Obama replied, according to Baboun, "I will do my best. Pray on my behalf so I can do that."
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1 ) Mel / USA
23/03/2013 17:44
"Imagine"! If Obama had stopped the limo-cade,GOT OUT & taken a FREEDOM WALK,along the(Paid-by-USA)"dark side"of the segregation wall,accompanied by extraordinarily brave Arabs,who would've protected him from being SPIT at,by Zionists!He could've signed his graffiti on the"Iron Wall,"Mr Bibi,tear down this" UNJUST,IMMORAL "wall": signed 'Student of MLK'! What of the PLEDGE after WW2 i.e."Never again"Barack?Would U've told Rosa to GET OFF the bus? CarryTHAT CROSS to the D.C. hill,O-B-A-M-A!

2 ) bonnie ohlinger / USA
23/03/2013 19:05
so he saw the trash thrown anywhere & the poverty....HOLY LAND needs love

3 ) Ibrahim / USA
23/03/2013 22:29
Barack Obama is not a leader; he serves a function. His trip to the Occupied State of Palestine served no other purpose but to cement the current Zionist idea that its the US should give greater legitimacy to the Zionists' unbalancing grasps of territories throughout the Middle East. That is the job that he is supposed to accomplish. He did it. As for the Palestine and the rest of the Middle East? Well, Obama just sees them as faceless and powerless Arabs. Netanyahu assures this.

4 ) ian / australia
24/03/2013 05:28
Not so sure about the divine intervention but it would have been a dramatic way to enter Bethlehem: in a dust storm, past the wall (which is particularly ominous on that stretch of highway) and through the checkpoint (though I don't suppose he had to get out of the bus and wait in line on the side of the road). I think he'll read Vera Baboun's letter though he's already aware of what Palestinians suffer (see his remarks to Jewish students at the Convention Center). And his answer to the priest

5 ) ian / australia
24/03/2013 05:28
(contd.) was quite touching. "I will do my best. Pray on my behalf so I can do that." I may be a sucker but I believe him.

6 ) Tissa / Sri Lanka
24/03/2013 10:18
It was great. Mayor Vera had done her job truly well. Can Prez. Obama ignore the messenger of God and his birth place.

7 ) Larry Snider / USA
24/03/2013 12:26
It is all about engagement and follow through. Obama had to travel to Israel/Palestine then meet leaders and lay people on all sides, reinforce the interest of the United States in working actively for peace and then continue to work hard every day until all parties move toward that positive result.

8 ) Mel / USA
24/03/2013 16:08
#7:"Engagement...follow through"?Bravo! Global Consensus(UNGA)"engaged" themselves(VOICE of the majority planet)when they pushed Resolution buttons(multiple times)in favor of Palestine & ending Israel's militarist Occupation in The Palestinian Teritories! Ergo,will Mr.POTUS O-B-A-M-A, TELL Rosa Parks(Palestine)to"GET OFF THE BUS(equal liberty)& DO AS THE'BOSS-MAN'(segregationist Israel)SAYS!" Or, will he"follow through"on MORALITY,sit WITH Rosa,& say,"I'm a FREEDOM RIDER 2! Pick a legacy,BARACK!

9 ) JoeUSA / USA
24/03/2013 18:01
Obama's voice was clear in his declaration of unconditional support for Israel. He did not say that creating a Palestinian state is a right for the Palestinian people. He rather emphasized that such a state will enhance the security of the state of Israel. In other words he values the security of Israel much more than the delivering of a just peace based on rights but as a CONSEQUENCE of Israel's benefit...
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