Like most nativity scenes, this one brings together the gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth with all the important characters. However there is a difference. Note that the wise men are trapped on the other side of the concrete barrier that divides Bethlehem.
This nativity set holds a special place in the hearts of Bethlehem Bible College faculty, students, and staff. Why? you would ask. Because it is a replica of the portion of the wall that exists just over two blocks from our campus. This massive and imposing 28 foot high structure goes around Bethlehem (to the North and West). Consequently it is causing a significant amount of day-to-day suffering for Palestinians. With this nativity set we are able to powerfully share the story of the current socio-political realities in Bethlehem. Also we are reminded of the barriers that still need to be overcome in sharing the good news of God’s peace.
View this interactive map by B’tselem. to see where the walls and settlements around Bethlehem stand
B’tselem is an Israeli Human Rights organization that helps to create a human rights culture in Israel.