Occupied Bethlehem lit up its Christmas tree in Manger Square on Saturday as the countdown to Christmas began.
— Palestine PLO – NAD (@nadplo) December 3, 2016
Hundreds of Palestinians gathered for the lighting ceremony which was followed by a fireworks display.
The Mayor of Bethlehem, Vera Baboun, lit up the 15-metre high tree outside the Church of the Nativity in the presence of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.
— Days of Palestine (@DaysofPalestine) December 4, 2016
“The message of Bethlehem is specifically in this year that we have the solidarity, we urge all the people through our message, that we need that solidarity because we only need on this Christmas- justice,” said Baboun.
— #NoJusticeNoPeace (@PalsJustice) December 4, 2016
The city, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus, will host hundreds of pilgrims over the festive season.
— Steve Novak (@type2supernovak) November 26, 2016
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