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Thousands gather in Bethlehem for Christmas tree lighting

Thousands of faithful and dignitaries attended Saturday’s lighting of the giant Christmas tree in Bethlehem outside the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Father Francesco Patton, a top official with the Catholic Church in the Holy Land, were present at the ceremony.

Hamdallah said the Palestinians were resisting Israeli plans “to uproot us and strip us from our civilization and history.”

A fireworks display and festivities accompanied the annual ceremony at the Manger Square in the run up to Christmas Eve, which attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists from around the world.

Source: The Times of Israel