Christmas is cancelled in Bethlehem

For decades, Christmas has not been a straightforward celebration for Palestinian Christians. But this year it is impossible to Celebrate.

One of my fondest memories growing up is driving from Haifa to Bethlehem, and along the timeless streets of Jerusalem but even then, it was impossible to ignore the bitter reality of checkpoints in and out of occupied Bethlehem, bringing sadness to an otherwise profound experience.

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