Christians around the world will celebrate Christmas tomorrow. They will do so with accustomed joyousness and euphoria. But, they would generally be unaware of and/or indifferent to the ongoing genocide and torturous everyday existence of people in Gaza under Israel’s ruthless military tactics.

Comfortable Christians and church bodies around the world function as if Gaza exists in an alien world. They might know partial facts from random glances at TV news or from newspaper columns. But, they are generally unwilling to take tangible steps to use the occasion of Christmas to protest the Israeli occupation and the colonialist-militaristic instruments that enforce it. How can a Palestinian wish his friend, sister, bother, or relative a ‘Merry Christmas’ when Israel is indulging in coldblooded genocide?