In light of the White House’s official remarks made this afternoon, (December 5, 2017) that President Trump will deliver a statement tomorrow, possibly announcing a different US policy on the status of Jerusalem, we greatly regret to inform you that the planned reception, ‘A Bethlehem Christmas on the Hill,’ tomorrow, December 6, 2017 will unfortunately be canceled. This was a difficult decision given your cherished enthusiasm and confirmation to attend the event together with hundreds of US congressional members, government officials, esteemed policy makers, respected religious leaders, members of the diplomatic corps, international dignitaries, and our valued community, and civil society leaders.
We, the PLO General Delegation to the US, were equally passionate about the event. It planned to bring a live-stream video of Christian leaders and the children of Bethlehem with a Christmas message of peace. out of care for our leaders and children, it might be unsuitable for them to speak and sing shortly after the possibility of an announcement that runs counter to the message of peace.
We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of you and promise that we will continue to promote the spirit of Christmas, and message of peace that brings a peaceful solution and dignity to all peoples.