When the city of Bethlehem shut its library, it saved the country’s children

Thousands of children were in Bethlehem, the capital of the occupied West Bank, when the city shut down its libraries for two months in February.

The city’s library system was shuttered in response to a government crackdown on the local branch of the Christian church.

The closure affected more than 4,000 children.

The library was able to reopen when the government reopened it in the spring.

It was the first time Bethlehem had been able to restore the library system in more than 30 years, according to the Bethlehem Libraries and Archives Association. 

 The shutdown of the library forced Bethlehem to rely on donations from other communities to provide materials, including textbooks, and it was a major financial strain for the city.

The community was also forced to rely more on donations and grants, as well as help from private donors.

Bethlehem is one of the oldest and largest communities in the West Bank.

In 2014, Bethlehem was named one of 60 cities in the world to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.

Its population of 1.7 million is about 80 percent Palestinian.

The Bethlehem Libraries & Archives Association has set up a fund that will be used to help the city reopen its libraries.