“Santa Claus is empty-handed this year … insolvent,” says Father Manuel Musallam, head of the Holy Family School in Gaza City.
“All forms of celebration are absent,” he says, raising his empty palms skyward. “We Christians and Muslims all live in fear and instability. The Israeli tanks, bulldozers, and warplanes have laid siege on us all.”
His school, which has both Muslim and Christian students, likes to celebrate including all, but this year few celebrations were planned, for fewer children.