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Christmas in Bethlehem: Trump's Jerusalem shift looms large By KARIN LAUB

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital looms large in Christmas festivities this year in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

Some food vendors, sellers of holiday trinkets and a leading hotelier in biblical Bethlehem say Palestinian protests, triggered by what many here view as a provocative show of pro-Israel bias, have hurt their Christmas business.

Yet Bethlehem also offers a stage for a Palestinian rebuttal: banners proclaiming Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Palestine have been draped over facades on Manger Square as a backdrop for Christmas TV broadcasts to a global audience.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is keenly felt — perhaps even more so at Christmas — in Bethlehem, just a few miles (kilometers) south of contested Jerusalem.

Israel's West Bank separation barrier cuts into Bethlehem and a segment of it has become a tourist magnet in its own right. Its cement slabs are covered with works by intern…

Jerusalem Vote: I Will Destroy Nigeria – Trump Vows; Calls Buhari ‘Senseless Man

In what appears to be a major diplomatic face-off over Nigeria’s vote at the United Nations last week against Jerusalem as Israeli capital, United States President Donald Trump has vowed to sink Nigeria and destroy it’s leadership, according to report by a Jewish newspaper.

Prior to the vote last two weeks,Trump had warned that America would deal with any country that voted against Jerusalem.
Nigeria was one of the many countries that voted against Jerusalem.

According to an Israeli newspaper Jews News (jewsnews.co.il), Trump has threatened to impose sanctions on Nigeria in response to how Nigeria voted against Jerusalem at the UN meeting.

Trump MAJORLY Sanctions Nigeria Over Vote Against Jerusalem – WHO IS NEXT?’ the paper said: “The US president’s remarks were followed by a Statement pointing clear that Nigeria vote against Jerusalem makes her a threat to peace ,
“Trump said in a tweet he had spoken with the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, about ‘the provocative actions of Nigeria’, a…

Is Jesus Christ the Catholic Church? Bruce Tarahill

Christ might be, but Jesus the Nazarene would shudder and turn in his Talpiot grave at such a suggestion. Jesus’ message and purpose were abandoned and forgotten by the Church long ago.

A completely new religion founded on a mythical figure called Christ took their place. Paul was its instigator, but it quickly gained momentum and power, emerging in the 4th century as the official religion of the Roman empire - Christianity became ‘catholic’, meaning universal.

The process began sometime in the 30s CE whenPaul came out from ‘Arabia’.

nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord's brother.

(Galatians 1:17–19)

During his three years in ‘Arabia’, Paul claimed to have experienced Elijah-like visions of a spirit-being that he called the “risen Chris…