Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem 370.
(photo credit: Michael Omer-Man)
The Palestinian Authority governor of Bethlehem, Abdel Fattah Hamayel, claimed
Sunday that he has rejected IDF officers’ request to visit his
Hamayel claimed that IDF Central Command Maj.-Gen. Alon
Nitzan had asked to visit Bethlehem on Sunday night.
“The Israeli side
has requested a visit to Bethlehem by the commander of the central region in the
occupation army together with a group of IDF officers in civilian clothes,”
Hamayel said in a statement. “They are unwelcome because of the continued crimes
of the occupation army against Bethlehem.”
The governor said that if the
IDF and its officers want to visit Bethlehem, they could enter the city “with
tanks and armored vehicles.”
Hamayel said that neither the PA nor the
Palestinian leadership in Bethlehem welcomed such a visit.
Resistance Committees in Bethlehem also announced their opposition to the visit
of the top IDF officer to the city.
The group, which consists of dozens
of Palestinian political activists, said it would foil the visit when and if it