Tuesday I went to Bethlehem to visit a friend who works at the International Center which is connected to the ELCA. Now, overall it probably wasn’t the best day to visit considering it was the day of the Annapolis conference but the invitation was there so I went. I took the blue Palestinian bus from East Jerusalem to Bethlehem. Shortly after we began the journey we were stopped. Two men were taken off of the bus and searched. When it began to take too long the driver said something to the soldier. She motioned us on, he closed the door and left.
It was a beautiful day, the sky was blue and it was warm. I got off and walked a few blocks to meet my friend. We had a falafel walked some more, and visited the Center. The streets were crowded with people doing their shopping and bargaining. Visitors were crowding the Church of the Nativity, I didn’t even get near the grotto this time. Here are some pics.