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 Issa Kassissieh, wearing a Santa Claus costume, rides a camel during the annual Christmas tree dist
In Pictures: See how the Middle East celebrates Christmas

There might not be any snow, but that doesn't stop the Christians of the Middle East from celebrating in their own way.

Archeology on display next to a Santa balloon in Bethlehem
Festive Bethlehem

Bethlehem has the feel of a cosmopolitan city more than some other cities under PA jurisdiction.

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Palestinians cancel DC Christmas party over White House moves

The reception, which was to be held in the House of Representatives, was themed "a Bethlehem Christmas," and was expected to draw US lawmakers as well as senior Trump administration officials.

Palestinian security forces stand guard on the roof of the Church of the Nativity
Seeing beyond Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity

“I finally get to visit the start of Christianity,” said Martina, 53, a Russian tourist. “It’s a very emotional moment for me.”

MANGER SQUARE in Bethlehem sparkles last night with the celebration of Christmas Eve.
Thousands descend upon Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas

Star Street, the main passageway through the town’s ancient section, was decorated with festive lights dotting its walls and storefronts.

FADI KATTAN (right) makes a purchase from his butcher last week for his Hosh al-Syrian guest house i
Fadi Kattan brings new ideas, old traditions to his high-end Bethlehem eatery, Fawda Cafe

Fadi grew up in Bethlehem and attended the Lycée Français in Jerusalem. His passion for cooking is rooted in memories of flavors from his grandmother’s kitchen.

Israel’s Christian minority

Some of Israel’s Muslim Arabs, while asking their Jewish neighbors for help in preserving their own heritage, seek to deny other ethnic minorities these same rights.

Christmas in Bethlehem
Christmas festivities held in Bethlehem under shadow of terror wave

The occupancy rate of the local hotels is estimated at 40%-50% - half of what it would normally be at this time of the year.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Yuletide celebrations are under way in Jaffa, but the Palestinian Authority downplays festivities in Bethlehem.

By Gil Stern Stern ZOHAR
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
In Christmas message, Abbas calls on world to protect Palestinians from Israel

Palestinian Authority president accuses Israeli government of continuing to "consolidate an Apartheid regime."

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