Rateb Y. Rabie

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The glittering Christmas tree in Manger Square, Bethlehem, pictured here in December 2022, will not be on display this year. Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto/Shutterstock

The iconic occupied Palestinian territories’ city of Bethlehem will undergo a profound departure this year from its usual jubilant atmosphere.

For Palestinians, Christmas in Bethlehem represents a window to the world. It has long been synonymous with joy and hope, and an occasion to commemorate the place of birth of the Christmas story itself.

Picture the vibrant streets adorned with festive lights, the air filled with the melodies of choirs and boy scouts parading with their musical instruments, while those who are celebrating taste traditional Palestinian Arabic food.

Nestled in the heart of Bethlehem is the place revered as the birthplace of Jesus, the prince of peace.…  Seguir leyendo »