What is CATC?

A Christian Evangelical bi-ennial conference, in our 14th year, organized by Bethlehem Bible College, Palestinian Christians, and allies. The conference brings together Christians from around the world to discuss issues of faith, justice, and peace in the context of the Church’s role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. CATC provides a platform for dialogue, reflection, and action, aiming to promote understanding, and advocacy for justice and peace for all people in the Holy Land. CATC offers a rich and diverse program focused on themes of faith, justice, and human rights. Attendees can expect to engage in meaningful dialogue, hear from expert speakers and theologians, participate in workshops and discussions, and gain insights into Christian witness in contexts of oppression from Palestine and the Global South.
Where can I stay during the conference?
Accommodations for the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference 2024 is reserved upon registration at the Guest House of Bethlehem Bible College, in single or double rooms. This comfortable and convenient option allows attendees to stay in close proximity to the conference venue. However, participants are also welcome to book accommodations independently at nearby hotels based on their preferences and budget.

Is It Safe?

Your safety and well-being are top priorities. While we cannot guarantee entry or absolute security, we strive to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all conference participants. Here’s what you need to know:
  • Bethlehem Bible College campus and guest house are equipped with security measures to mitigate potential risks, providing a secure environment for conference attendees.
  • Our guided tours during the conference are carefully curated and led by known and vetted companies, ensuring a safe and enriching experience for all participants.
  • The general areas around Bethlehem are inviting and welcoming. Most visitors will discover our friendly people and unmatched hospitality. However, roaming any foreign city at night or alone, without proper knowledge can be a risk. It is advisable to stay in central areas, along taxi and bus routes, and to not travel solo after dark.
  • The reality of living under military occupation is that nothing is certain, and depends on the whim of the soldiers in charge on any given day, and daily life revolves around external control of movement, accessibility, and even safety. While we can offer general guidelines to avoid the more predictable incursions or protests, nothing is actually predictable, preventable, or within our control. We live here, with our families, loved ones, and friends, and invite you to come be with us in our homeland.

How do I get to Bethlehem from Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)?

From Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) in Tel Aviv, there are several transportation options to reach Bethlehem. These include private taxis, shared shuttles, and public transportation such as buses. The journey typically takes around 1-2 hours, depending on traffic and the chosen mode of transport. We recommend arranging transportation in advance to ensure a smooth journey.

If coming from Jerusalem, the Palestinian bus route to Bethlehem involves taking bus 231 from Damascus Gate – or any bus stop along Route 60 (“Hebron Road’). This route is commonly used by both Palestinians and tourists to travel between the two cities. This route will require passing through the checkpoint (Checkpoint 300), where travelers will need to show identification and may undergo further questioning by soldiers.

Getting a taxi from Damascus Gate Bus Stop is also common, and it is recommended to agree upon the price before entering and check to see if the driver is willing to take you to your destination inside Bethlehem or drop you off at the Checkpoint, to cross on foot. There are taxis on the other side of the wall, though the college is walking distance (approx 1 km) from the checkpoint.

If you need assistance in coordinating private taxis, please contact conference@bethbc.edu

How do I get to Bethlehem from Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman?

From Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman, travelers can reach Bethlehem via private taxis, shared shuttles, or public transportation. The journey involves crossing the border between Jordan and Israel, so it’s important to ensure that you have the necessary documentation and permits. The travel time varies depending on the chosen route and Israeli border crossing procedures.

If you need assistance in coordinating private taxis, please contact conference@bethbc.edu

Why Should I Still Come?

Joining us at the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference in Bethlehem is more important than ever. We have always offered the opportunity to engage with a global community of believers committed to pursuing justice, peace, and reconciliation in the Holy Land.  You will be able to explore the rich cultural and religious heritage of Bethlehem, visiting historic churches and holy sites that hold deep significance for Christians around the world. Attendees will also gain insights and resources to become effective advocates in your own communities, empowered by the knowledge and experiences gained at the conference.
Most importantly, it is essential for Christians worldwide to stand in solidarity with their brothers and sisters who are directly affected by oppression and injustice. By demonstrating solidarity, we bear witness to the values of compassion, justice, and love exemplified by Christ Himself. As followers of Christ, we are compelled to speak out against injustice and to actively engage.

Is it difficult to get a visa?

Navigating access to the West Bank can present challenges, where uncertainty is often the only guarantee. The ease of gaining access depends on various factors, including your country of origin and the contents of your passport. However, it’s worth noting that tourism visas are open to visit the Holy Land and its significant sites throughout Israel and Palestine, and are granted to most Christian pilgrims.

It is essential to consider your country-specific agreements with Israel. Attendees, particularly those from Asian and African countries, need to check whether they are required to request a visa at a nearby consulate or embassy before traveling. We recommend verifying your specific visa requirements and entry procedures well in advance of your trip. To ensure a smooth entry process, it’s essential to check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your planned trip and to have a round-trip ticket or a confirmed departure date.

Additionally, after registering for the conference, attendees are encouraged to schedule a logistics meeting with our designated staff. This meeting serves as an opportunity to address any concerns or questions you may have, helping to alleviate any apprehensions about the logistics of your visit.

Where should I stay?

For attendees seeking accommodation during the conference, we offer lodging at our guest house which provides comfortable and convenient accommodation, with rates of $90 per night for a single room and $120 per night for a double room.


Alternatively, we can recommend nearby hotels for those who prefer alternative options.

Bethlehem boasts a variety of hotels and guesthouses to suit different preferences and budgets, all within close proximity to the conference venue.

Please contact conference@bethbc.edu if you would like alternative suggestions for accommodations. 

What is Included in the cost?

The cost of attendance for the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference covers operational expenses, staff support, and facilitates scholarship offers for attendees from the Global South. Additionally, attendees will have access to:


  • Engaging sessions and workshops led by renowned speakers from around the world
  • Networking opportunities with fellow attendees and speakers
  • Access to conference materials and resources


Please note that while the conference fee covers these aspects, meals are available at an additional cost. Attendees have the option to enjoy local cuisine available for lunch and dinner on campus, priced between $15-20 per meal.

Bethlehem offers a diverse array of culinary options within walking distance or a short taxi ride from the college campus, including traditional Palestinian, Italian, sushi, steak houses, and more. A list of nearby and suggested dining establishments will be provided to attendees for their convenience.

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What Can I Do & See Around Bethlehem


Whether you’re interested in religious pilgrimage, historical exploration, or culinary delights, Bethlehem offers a wealth of experiences to captivate every pilgrim.

  • Church of the Nativity (UNESCO World Heritage Site): Visit the birthplace of Jesus Christ, one of the oldest churches in the world and a site of immense religious significance for Christians worldwide.
  • Milk Grotto Church: Explore the serene chapel where tradition holds that the Holy Family sought refuge during the Flight to Egypt. This holy site is revered for its connection to the Virgin Mary and the infancy of Jesus.
  • Shepherd’s Field: Wander through the pastoral landscape where the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds. This biblical site offers a peaceful retreat and a chance to reflect on the nativity story.
  • Rachel’s Tomb: Visit the revered burial site of the biblical matriarch Rachel, revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. Access to the tomb can be challenging due to restrictions, but it holds profound significance as a place of pilgrimage and prayer for believers of all faiths. You must plan your visit in advance, and access from the Jerusalem side of the Wall.
  • Old City Streets (Star Street): Star Street is a historic thoroughfare that leads to the Church of the Nativity, lined with traditional Palestinian architecture and charming shops. Stroll through the winding alleyways of Bethlehem’s Old City, lined with a vibrant market. Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of this historic area, known for its cultural significance. Remember to barter for the best deals. And always sit for tea or coffee when offered!
  • Palestinian Heritage Center: Discover the rich cultural traditions of Palestine through exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations showcasing Palestinian art, crafts, and cuisine. This center celebrates Palestinian heritage and fosters appreciation for the region’s cultural diversity and artistic heritage.
  • Cremisan Valley: Discover the charming Cremisan Valley, famed for its vineyards and olive orchards. This idyllic spot offers striking vistas and chances to hike and savor wine at the prestigious Cremisan Winery. Owned by Palestinian families for generations, the valley is also home to Christian landmarks like the Salesian Sisters Convent and Monastery, providing education and community support. Operated by the Salesian Monastery, the Cremisan Winery produces acclaimed wines from local grapes, known worldwide and benefiting the local economy.
  • Banksy Hotel (The Walled Off Hotel): Experience the unique art and political commentary of the world-renowned street artist, Banksy, at his hotel in Bethlehem. Explore the thought-provoking exhibits and murals that highlight the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice.
  • Graffiti Tour: Embark on a tour of Bethlehem’s vibrant street art scene, featuring murals, graffiti, and political expressions by local and international artists. Gain insight into the social and political issues facing Palestinians through the lens of urban art.