Christmas in Bethlehem: Where Were the Palestinian Christians?

In the biblical city of Bethlehem, thousands of Christians and other tourists from all over the world flocked to the largest celebrations the city had hosted in years. Manger Square and the surrounding streets bustled with visitors as live music filled the air with Christmas classics and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Children played in the square under a Christmas tree sparkling with lights, and pilgrims crowded into cafes and shops brimming with religiously themed souvenirs. Later they would attend Midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity. Even some Palestinian Muslims caught the Christmas spirit, with veiled women wearing Santa hats. Yet amid all the jubilation and celebration, I couldn’t help but wonder: Where have all the Palestinian Christians gone?

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