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  • It's the place where Christmas is said to have started, but there's no cheer to be found this year.

  • All across Bethlehem, ends are closed, the shepherds are likely to be under lock down and restaurant tables are unoccupied.

  • No tourists in sites, hotels that we're adding new wings and floors in 2019 are now shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • And the absence off festive crowds is proving devastating to those whose livelihoods rely on tourism.

  • Like hotel owner earliest Elhorga.

  • Wanna e have worked in tourism for 30 years.

  • We've had ups and downs because of the Israeli Palestinian conflict, but never anything like this world used to stay open.

  • But today we live in devastation.

  • The Israeli Palestinian conflict never affected our business, like the pandemic, which is all over the world.

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  • Okay, It's a marked difference to last year, when the Palestinian town was enjoying a booming, festive season following a drop in violence and the surge in tourists and pilgrims.

  • Despite the lack of tourists, the traditional birthplace of Jesus will go ahead with its celebrations.

  • Workers are getting on with the job of putting together the town's huge Christmas tree in Manger Square, and Mayor Anton Salman insists that Christmas is not going to be canceled today in Bethlehem, despite the coronavirus and the global health crisis, we are determined to have Christmas in Bethlehem.

  • The message of Christmas to the world is hope for a better future.

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It's the place where Christmas is said to have started, but there's no cheer to be found this year.

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Bethlehem insists 'Christmas will not be canceled'

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/02
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