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Bethlehem marks holiday season with Christmas tree lighting, fireworks

Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 00:53

The West Bank town of Bethlehem marks the beginning of the holiday season with the lighting a Christmas tree and fireworks over Manger Square. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Over the West Bank town of Bethlehem Friday night ... a full moon ... A good omen, perhaps, for the holiday season ahead. Hundreds of Palestinians and pilgrims gather at Manger Square for the annual tree lighting ceremony. This, in the heart of the town where Christ was said to be born. Mayor of Bethlehem, Vera Baboon: (SOUNDBITE) (English) MAYOR OF BETHLEHEM, VERA BABOON SAYING: "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." The start of the holiday season was marked with fireworks over the Church of the Nativity.

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Bethlehem marks holiday season with Christmas tree lighting, fireworks

Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 00:53