http://www.mail.com/Article.aspx?articlepath=APNews/General%20World%20News/20071224/Bethlehem_Christmas_20071224.xml&cat=world&subcat=&pageid=1
by Dalia Nammari (24 Dec 07)

Excerpt:

Gloom was banished from Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem for the first time in years on Monday as Christian pilgrims from all over the world flocked here to celebrate Jesus’ birth in an atmosphere of renewed tranquility.

After Israeli-Palestinian fighting erupted in 2000, most of the people milling around Manger Square in the center of this biblical town on Christmas had been local Palestinians. But this year there were large numbers of tourists from all over the world, back after avoiding the region’s strife.

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