Christmas in Palestine 2011 – in pictures


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A tourists visits on December 10, 2011 Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, where the annual Christmas Eve mass is held, as preparations for the Christian holiday began in the biblical West Bank town where Christians believe Jesus was born. AFP PHOTO/ MUSA AL-SHAER

A tourist has her photograph taken in the Church of Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem November 27, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

A man walks through the Church of Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Greek Orthodox alter boys take part in a procession before mass at the Church of Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on the second Sunday of Advent December 4, 2011. The church is the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Custodian of the Holy Land, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa (2nd R) ceremonially launches the beginning of the Christmas season at the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem November 26, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Custodian of the Holy Land, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa (R) ceremonially launches the beginning of the Christmas season at the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem November 26, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Franciscan monks attend a mass to ceremonially launch the beginning of Christmas season at the Church of the Nativity,the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem November 26, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Franciscan monks take part in a ritual mass ceremony of the Franciscan Fathers at Santa Cathrina Church at the compound of the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank City of Bethlehem on November 26, 2011, to decleare the start of the Christmas celebrations next mont. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER

Custodian of the Holy Land, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa (C) ceremonially launches the beginning of the Christmas season at the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem November 26, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A Franciscan monk carries a crucifix as he takes part in a mass to ceremonially launch the beginning of Christmas season at the Church of the Nativity,the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem November 26, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Franciscan monks take part in a ritual mass ceremony of the Franciscan Fathers at Santa Cathrina Church at the compound of the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank City of Bethlehem on November 26, 2011, to decleare the start of the Christmas celebrations next mont. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER

Palestinian municipal workers decorate on December 10, 2011 the central Christmas tree set up in Bethlehem's Manger Square with a mosque in the background. Preparations for Christmas have begun in the biblical West Bank town where Christians believe Jesus was born. AFP PHOTO/ MUSA AL-SHAER

Palestinian municipal workers decorate on December 10, 2011 the central Christmas tree set up in Bethlehem's Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity, where the annual Christmas Eve mass is held. Preparations for Chritmas have begun in the biblical West Bank town where Christians believe Jesus was born. AFP PHOTO/ MUSA AL-SHAER

A Palestinian man works on Bethlehem's Christmas tree in Manger Square, outside the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

A woman photographs a man holding children in front of a decorated Christmas tree during the annual lighting ceremony of the tree at Manger Square in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 15, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Christian nuns take their photos next to a large Christmas tree after it was lit at Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity in West Bank town of Bethlehem,Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

A general view of Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, is seen during the annual lighting ceremony of a Christmas tree in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 15, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Christian pilgrims gather around Bethlehem's main Christmas tree outside the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town's Manger Square on December 15, 2010 as scores of Christian pilgrims are preparing to gather in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to celebrate Christmas on December 25. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER

A Christian pilgrim visits the Church of Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

A Christian girl stands next to a pillar at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 17, 2011, as Christian pilgrims and tourists are expected to descend to the traditional birthplace of Jesus to celebrate Christmas eve on 24 December. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER

A Christian worshipper prays in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 15, 2011, ahead of Christmas. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

A Christian pilgrim lights a candle inside the Church of Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

A Palestinian girl lights a candle in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 15, 2011, ahead of Christmas. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

A Christian boy lights a candle at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 17, 2011, as Christian pilgrims and tourists are expected to descend to the traditional birthplace of Jesus to celebrate Christmas eve on 24 December. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER

Palestinian Woman in traditional Tatreez dress lighting candles in church - Dec 15, 2011

People watch fireworks during the annual lighting ceremony of a Christmas tree at Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 15, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

The annual lighting ceremony of a Christmas tree at Manger Square, Bethlehem, Dec 15, 2011

The annual lighting ceremony of a Christmas tree at Manger Square, Bethlehem, Dec 15, 2011

Fireworks during the annual lighting ceremony of a Christmas tree at Manger Square, Bethlehem, Dec 15, 2011

Fireworks during the annual lighting ceremony of a Christmas tree at Manger Square, Bethlehem, Dec 15, 2011

Child at the annual lighting ceremony of a Christmas tree at Manger Square, Bethlehem, Dec 15, 2011

Fireworks during the annual lighting ceremony of a Christmas tree at Manger Square, Bethlehem, Dec 15, 2011

A Palestinian boy scout marching band plays during the annual lighting ceremony of a Christmas tree at Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 15, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Christmas decorations & lights embellish the nightly scenery and spirit of Christmas in Bethlehem - Dec 16, 2011

Palestinians look at the Santa Claus decorations in a Christmas shop in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 17, 2011, as Christian pilgrims and tourists are expected to descend to the traditional birthplace of Jesus to celebrate Christmas eve on 24 December. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER

A Palestinian man sets up the nativity scene at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Saturday, Dec 17, 2011.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

A Muslim woman takes pictures of the nativity scene at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 17, 2011, as Christian pilgrims and tourists are expected to descend to the traditional birthplace of Jesus to celebrate Christmas eve on 24 December. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER

A Palestinian worker, decorates the Latin Church of Visitation ahed of the upcoming christmas in the West Bank village of Al-Zababdeh near Jenin city, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.(AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

A pigeon perches over the bell of the Latin Catholic church in the West Bank city of Jenin on December 18, 2011 as Palestinian Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas. AFP PHOTO/SAIF DAHLAH

A Palestinian girl receives communion from Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal (C) during a religious service at Deir al-Laten Church in Gaza City December 18, 2011, ahead of Christmas. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal (C) arrives at at Deir al-Laten Church in Gaza City December 18, 2011, to attend a celebration with Palestinians ahead of Christmas. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah

A Palestinian boy dressed as Santa Claus attends a celebration ahead of Christmas at Deir al-Laten Church in Gaza City December 18, 2011. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah Remember them.. when Israel targets Gaza again. Which it does. Every day. By land, by sea, by air, unrelentless also Christians are targeted day in day out. Do not forget them in your prayers.

A Palestinian woman helps a nun to prepare a nativity at the Latin Church of Visitation ahed of the upcoming christmas in the West Bank village of Al-Zababdeh near Jenin city, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.(AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

A Palestinian Christian woman lights candles during a mass at the Latin Church of Visitation in the village of Al-Zababdeh near the West Bank town of Jenin, Sunday, Dec. 18. 2011. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

A Palestinian Christian reads from the holy Bible during the weekly mass at Byzantine-era Saint George Orthodox Church in the West Bank village of Burqin near Jenin on December 16, 2011 where is considered as one of the oldest Christian holy places and church in the world. According to the Christianity, Jesus had passed through Burqin on his way to Jerusalem from Nazareth and cured the ten leprosy residents that made the church as a Christian pilgrims site . AFP PHOTO/SAIF DAHLAH

Palestinian Christian chorus children attend the weekly mass at Byzantine-era Saint George Orthodox Church in the West Bank village of Burqin near Jenin on December 16, 2011 where is considered as one of the oldest Christian holy places and church in the world. According to the Christianity, Jesus had passed through Burqin on his way to Jerusalem from Nazareth and cured the ten leprosy residents that made the church as a Christian pilgrims site . AFP PHOTO/SAIF DAHLAH

Palestinian children gather around a Christmas Tree at a house in the West Bank city of Jenin on December 18, 2011 as Palestinian Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas. AFP PHOTO/SAIF DAHLAH

Preparations for Christmas - West Bank Palestine - Dec 18, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Preparations for Christmas - West Bank Palestine - Dec 18, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Preparations for Christmas - West Bank Palestine - Dec 18, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Preparations for Christmas - West Bank Palestine - Dec 18, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Preparations for Christmas - West Bank Palestine - Dec 18, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Preparations for Christmas - West Bank Palestine - Dec 18, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Preparations for Christmas - West Bank Palestine - Dec 18, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Preparations for Christmas - West Bank Palestine - Dec 18, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Preparations for Christmas - West Bank Palestine - Dec 18, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Preparations for Christmas - West Bank Palestine - Dec 18, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Visitors light candles at the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 19, 2011, ahead of Christmas. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

A visitor lights a candle at the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 19, 2011, ahead of Christmas. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Palestinian workers move trees to sell for Christmas in the West Bank city of Jenin on December 20, 2011. AFP PHOTO/SAIF DAHLAH

A Palestinian worker move trees to sell for Christmas in the West Bank city of Jenin on December 20, 2011. AFP PHOTO/SAIF DAHLAH

Palestinian children enjoy sweets on their lat day of school before Christmas holidays in the West Bank city of Jenin on December 20, 2011. AFP PHOTO/SAIF DAHLAH

Tourists take pictures in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 21, 2011 as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to celebrate Christmas on December 25. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

Tourists visit the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 21, 2011 as Christian pilgrims start gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to celebrate Christmas on December 25. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

Christian pilgrims pray at the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 21, 2011 as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to celebrate Christmas on December 25. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

Christian pilgrims pray at the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 21, 2011 as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to celebrate Christmas on December 25. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

Tourists take pictures in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 21, 2011 as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to celebrate Christmas on December 25. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

Christian pilgrims light candles at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 21, 2011. Christian pilgrims are gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ in the West Bank to celebrate Christmas on December 25. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

Christian pilgrims light candles at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 21, 2011. Christian pilgrims are gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ in the West Bank to celebrate Christmas on December 25. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

A Palestinian Muslim woman walks past a Christmas tree placed in Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 21, 2011 as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to celebrate Christmas on December 25. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

A Palestinian man walks past a Christmas tree placed in Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 21, 2011 as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to celebrate Christmas on December 25. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

Christian pilgrims pray inside the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Armenian Orthodox Priests pray during a service at the Church of the Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Christian pilgrims and tourists visit the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 22, 2011, as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to attend the Christmas midnight mass. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

Christian pilgrims take part in a religious procession in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 22, 2011, as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to attend the Christmas midnight mass. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

Christian pilgrims visit the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 22, 2011, as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to attend the Christmas midnight mass. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

Christian priests take part in a religious procession at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 22, 2011 as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to celebrate Christmas on December 25. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK - DECEMBER 22: (ISRAEL OUT) A priest makes his way out of the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born.

A worshipper lights a candle in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Palestinian Muslim schoolgirls visit the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Palestinian Muslim schoolgirls visit the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 22, 2011, as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to attend the Christmas midnight mass. Dec 22, 2011

Palestinian Muslim teenagers take photographs on their mobile phones in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Palestinian Muslim schoolgirls visit the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 22, 2011, as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to attend the Christmas midnight mass. Dec 22, 2011

Palestinian Muslim schoolgirls visit the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 22, 2011, as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to attend the Christmas midnight mass. Dec 22, 2011

Palestinian Muslim schoolgirls visit the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 22, 2011, as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to attend the Christmas midnight mass. Dec 22, 2011

Children release balloons during an annual Christmas peace rally at Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A woman carries a wooden sculpture of Jesus as a baby during an annual Christmas peace rally for children at Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A Christian pilgrim walks through the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A Christian pilgrim walks through the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A man places his fingers into the crucifix-shaped holes in one of the ancient columns in the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A man places his fingers into the crucifix-shaped holes in one of the ancient columns in the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A woman places her fingers into the crucifix-shaped holes in one of the ancient columns in the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A worshipper prays in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A Christian pilgrim walks through the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A Palestinian Christian dressed as Santa Claus walks through the ancient columns in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 22, 2011, as Christian pilgrims and tourists descend to the traditional birthplace of Jesus to attend the Christmas midnight mass. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER

A man dressed in a Santa Claus suit walks in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

In the meanwhile, oppression (also of Christians goes on) so a Palestinian activist dressed as Santa Claus decorates a cement tree depicting Israel's controversial separation barrier with barbed wire and tear gas canisters at Mangar square outside the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 22, 2011. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER

If Jesus were to come this year, Bethlehem would be closed guardian – Dec 22, 2011

A man dressed in a Santa Claus suit lights a candle in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A Christian pilgrim at the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A Christian boy prays at the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Christian pilgrims pray at the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 22, 2011, as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to attend the Christmas midnight mass. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

Women pray in the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmas time where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Christian pilgrims stand in line to enter the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Christian pilgrims pray at the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Christian pilgrims pray at the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Christian pilgrims pray at the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Christian pilgrims pray at the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 22, 2011, as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to attend the Christmas midnight mass. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

Monks pray on the spot in the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Monks pray on the spot in the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Monks pray on the spot in the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A Christian elderly woman holds a candle in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 22, 2011, as Christian pilgrims and tourists descend to the traditional birthplace of Jesus to attend the Christmas midnight mass. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER

Christian pilgrims pray in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 22, 2011, as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to attend the Christmas midnight mass. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

Christian pilgrims pray at the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Christian pilgrims pray at the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity on December 22, 2011 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor, marks the spot where Jesus was believed to be born. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A worshipper prays in the Grotto, where Christians believe Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus, during a visit to the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas December 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A visitor touches one of the columns in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas December 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Four Christian pilgrims from Switzerland and Austria arrive to Jerusalem after nearly seven months of walking, Friday, Dec 23, 2011. Setting off from Switzerland on June 2, the pilgrims travelled through Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria before arriving in Turkey where they spent two months. Despite serious concerns over the unraveling political situation, the group managed to enter Syria where they spent two weeks before crossing into Jordan. They are currently preparing for the final leg of their journey to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Four Christian pilgrims from Switzerland and Austria arrive to Jerusalem after nearly seven months of walking, Friday, Dec 23, 2011. Setting off from Switzerland on June 2, the pilgrims travelled through Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria before arriving in Turkey where they spent two months. Despite serious concerns over the unraveling political situation, the group managed to enter Syria where they spent two weeks before crossing into Jordan. They are currently preparing for the final leg of their journey to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Four Christian pilgrims from Switzerland and Austria arrive to Jerusalem after nearly seven months of walking, Friday, Dec 23, 2011. Setting off from Switzerland on June 2, the pilgrims travelled through Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria before arriving in Turkey where they spent two months. Despite serious concerns over the unraveling political situation, the group managed to enter Syria where they spent two weeks before crossing into Jordan. They are currently preparing for the final leg of their journey to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A Palestinian wood carver works on a Christian religious figure, made out of olive wood, in a factory in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas December 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A Palestinian wood carver works on a Christian religious figure, made out of olive wood, in a factory in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas December 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A Palestinian wood carver works on a Christian religious figure, made out of olive wood, in a factory in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas December 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A man dressed in a Santa Claus suit is seen at Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A man dressed in a Santa Claus suit hands out gifts for children at Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A Palestinian man decorates a Christmas Tree outside the Latin Church in the West Bank village of Zababdah near Jenin on December 23, 2011. AFP PHOTO/SAIF DAHLAH

A Christian pilgrim from the Philippines wearing a Santa Claus hat stands inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011. Christians began flocking to Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas following a tumultuous year of political upheaval and change across the Arab world. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

A Christian pilgrim from Nigeria dressed as Santa Claus visits the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011. Christians began flocking to Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas following a tumultuous year of political upheaval and change across the Arab world. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

A Christian pilgrim prays inside the Church of Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

A Christian pilgrim from the Philippines touches a cross carved on a column inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011. Christians began flocking to Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas following a tumultuous year of political upheaval and change across the Arab world. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

Christian pilgrims from the Philippines visit the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011. Christians began flocking to Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas following a tumultuous year of political upheaval and change across the Arab world. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

A worshipper prays in the Church of Nativity, the site widely believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 24, 2011, as Christians gather for Christmas mass. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER

Christian pilgrims from Nigeria visit the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011. Christians began flocking to Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas following a tumultuous year of political upheaval and change across the Arab world. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

A Christian pilgrim from Nigeria prays inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011. Christians began flocking to Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas following a tumultuous year of political upheaval and change across the Arab world. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

A Christian pilgrim prays inside the Church of Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

An Eastern European pilgrim prays at the entrance to the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011. Christians began flocking to Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas following a tumultuous year of political upheaval and change across the Arab world. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

An Eastern European pilgrim walks away from the Armenian section of the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011. Christians began flocking to Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas following a tumultuous year of political upheaval and change across the Arab world. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

A Christian Orthodox priest walks past children playing inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011. Christians began flocking to Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas following a tumultuous year of political upheaval and change across the Arab world. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

Worshippers pray in the Church of Nativity, the site widely believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 24, 2011. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER

Religion under Siege - Nuns stand next to an Israeli border policeman at a check point which was opened for the arrival of The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem on his way to the Church of the Nativity to attend Christmas celebrations in West Bank town of Bethlehem December 24, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Religion under Siege ~ The head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal drives past the Israeli constructed separation barrier as he makes his way to the Church of the Nativity in the Biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011, as the Holy Land prepares to mark Christmas. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal waves as he arrives to a reception before leaving Jerusalem to the Church of the Nativity to attend Christmas celebrations in West Bank town of Bethlehem December 24, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal waves as he arrives to a reception before leaving Jerusalem to the Church of the Nativity to attend Christmas celebrations in West Bank town of Bethlehem December 24, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal is seen during a reception before leaving Jerusalem to the Church of the Nativity to attend Christmas celebrations in West Bank town of Bethlehem December 24, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Palestinian Scouts play the bagpipes outside the Church of the Nativity while Christians gather for Christmas celebrations in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011, as thousands of Christian pilgrims descended on Bethlehem to celebrate in Jesus' traditional birthplace. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER

A Palestinian girl dressed as Santa Claus prays at the Latin Church in the West Bank village of Zababdah, near Jenin on December 24, 2011. The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal calls for reconciliation in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and North Africa in the text of a speech published ahead of delivery at midnight mass. AFP PHOTO/SAIF DAHLAH

Christmas in Jenin Palestine - Dec 24, 2011 ~ Photo by WAFA

Palestinian scouts march during a Christmas parade near the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011. Christians began flocking to Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas following a tumultuous year of political upheaval and change across the Arab world. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

Procession of the Priests - Live photo by @AbirKopty - Bethlehem Dec 24, 2011

Patriarch Fuad Twal arriving to Bethlehem - Live picture by @AbirKopty - Dec 24, 2011

Patriarch Fuad Twal arriving to Bethlehem - Live picture by @sabuein - Dec 24, 2011

Patriarch Fuad Twal arriving to Bethlehem - Live picture by @sabuein - Dec 24, 2011

The scene at Nativity Square in Bethlehem right now (15hr50) - Live photo by @ibnezra - Dec 24, 2011 Bethlehem

Palestinian girls dressed in traditional garb pose in Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity as Christians gather for Christmas celebrations in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 24, 2011, to celebrate in Jesus Christ's traditional birthplace. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal arrives at the Church of the Nativity in the Biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011, as the Holy Land prepares to mark Christmas. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER

Altar servers wait for arrival of The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal to attend Christmas celebrations at the Church of the Nativity in West Bank town of Bethlehem December 24, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Clergy gather in Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity while Christians gather for Christmas celebrations in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 24, 2011, as thousands of Christian pilgrims descended on on the holy city to celebrate in Jesus' traditional birthplace. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER

A cross is held up during a parade in Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity while Christians gather for Christmas celebrations in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011, as thousands of Christian pilgrims descended on the holy city to celebrate in Jesus' traditional birthplace.AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal (C) makes his way to the Church of the Nativity in the Biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011, as the Holy Land prepares to mark Christmas. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal stands outside the Church of the Nativity in the Biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011, as the Holy Land prepares to mark Christmas. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI

A cleric wears a jeweled crucifix as he waits for the arrival of The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal to the Church of the Nativity to attend Christmas celebrations in West Bank town of Bethlehem December 24, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

A Palestinian Christian holding a crucifix praying beads, pray at the Latin Church in the West Bank village of Zababdah, near Jenin on December 24, 2011. The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal calls for reconciliation in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and North Africa in the text of a speech published ahead of delivery at midnight mass. AFP PHOTO/SAIF DAHLAH

A Palestinian Christian holding a crucifix praying beads, pray at the Latin Church in the West Bank village of Zababdah, near Jenin on December 24, 2011. The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal calls for reconciliation in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and North Africa in the text of a speech published ahead of delivery at midnight mass. AFP PHOTO/SAIF DAHLAH

A woman sits inside The Church of the Nativity in West Bank town of Bethlehem December 24, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A Palestinian Christian lights a candle at the Latin Church in the West Bank village of Zababdah, near Jenin on December 24, 2011. The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal calls for reconciliation in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and North Africa in the text of a speech published ahead of delivery at midnight mass. AFP PHOTO/SAIF DAHLAH

Christmas in Palestine - Dec 24, 2011 ~ Photo by WAFA

Christmas in Palestine - Dec 24, 2011 ~ Photo by WAFA

Christmas in Palestine - Dec 24, 2011 ~ Photo by WAFA

Christmas in Palestine - Dec 24, 2011 ~ Photo by WAFA

Christmas in Palestine - Dec 24, 2011 ~ Photo by WAFA

Christmas in Palestine - Dec 24, 2011 ~ Photo by WAFA

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal leads the Christmas midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem early December 25, 2011 REUTERS/Majdi Mohammed/Pool

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal carries the statuette of baby Jesus during the Christmas midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem early Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, Pool)

A Christian monk takes the statuette of baby Jesus during a Christmas midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem early December 25, 2011. REUTERS/ Majdi Mohammed/Pool

Christian priests hold a Christmas midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem early December 25, 2011. REUTERS/ Majdi Mohammed/Pool

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, listens to Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal hold the Christmas midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem early Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, Pool)

Kindly notice President Mahmoud Abbas, muslim, attends the anual Christmas Mass. Co-existence has been a fact for thousands of years (That is, until the state of Israel was established) and now, all religions are under siege. For real co-existence, and the real Palestine watch this picture. Christianity suffers too under the crimes of  zionist occupation.

Nuns read prayers during a Christmas midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem early December 25, 2011. REUTERS/ Majdi Mohammed/Pool

Below a collection of maginificent pictures about Christians & Christianity in Gaza, Photography by and courtesy of WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christianity & Christmas in Gaza ~ Photography by @WelshInGaza

Christmas in Jenin West Bank Palestine - Dec 25, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Christmas in Jenin West Bank Palestine - Dec 25, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Christmas in Jenin West Bank Palestine - Dec 25, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Christmas in Jenin West Bank Palestine - Dec 25, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Christmas in Jenin West Bank Palestine - Dec 25, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Christmas in Jenin West Bank Palestine - Dec 25, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Christmas in Jenin West Bank Palestine - Dec 25, 2011 - Photo by WAFA

Palestinian Christians pray on Christmas day in the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City December 25, 2011. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Palestinian Christian boys hold candles during a service in the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City on Christmas day December 25, 2011. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Palestinian Christians light candles on Christmas day in the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City December 25, 2011. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Worshippers light candles in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Christmas day December 25, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Palestinian Christians light candles following a Christmas mass at St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church, also know as the Church of the Ten Lepers, in the West Bank village of Burqin near the town of Jenin, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

Christian worshippers light candles following Christmas day Mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Sunday, Dec. 25,2011. Hundreds of Christian faithful, defying lashing rains and wind, celebrated Christmas Mass at Jesus' traditional birthplace on Sunday, spirits high despite the gloomy weather. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

A Palestinian Christian alter boy lights a candle during a morning Christmass mass at St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church, also know as the Church of the Ten Lepers, in the West Bank village of Burqin near the town of Jenin, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

A Christian Worshiper prays in the Grotto during the Sunday Christmas Mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on December 25, 2011, where the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal calls for reconciliation in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and North Africa. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER

Christian Worshipers pray in the grotto at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during the Sunday Christmas Mass in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on December 25, 2011, where the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal calls for reconciliation in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and North Africa. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER

Worshippers attend Christmas mass in the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 25, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Christian Worshipers pray at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during the Sunday Christmas Mass in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on December 25, 2011, where the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal calls for reconciliation in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and North Africa. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER

A member of the clergy carries a bible before Christmas mass in the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 25, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal arrives to the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas mass December 25, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal attends the Christmas day Mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. Hundreds of Christian faithful, defying lashing rains and wind, celebrated Christmas Mass at Jesus' traditional birthplace on Sunday, spirits high despite the gloomy weather. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal leads the Christmas midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on December 25, 2011, urging the return of calm and reconciliation in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and North Africa. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal gives communion during Christmas mass in the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 25, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal leads the Christmas mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on December 25, 2011, urging the return of calm and reconciliation in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and North Africa. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal (C) leads the Christmas midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on December 25, 2011, urging the return of calm and reconciliation in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and North Africa. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER

January 6, 2012 Orthodox Christmas in Bethehem Palestine

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III attends at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem Orthodox Christmas celebrations which kicked off on January 6, 2012 in the traditional birthplace of Jesus to the sound of bagpipes. . AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER

A priest kisses the hand of Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on January 6, 2012, as Orthodox Christmas celebrations kicked off in the traditional birthplace of Jesus to the sound of bagpipes.AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III arrives at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on January 6, 2012, as Orthodox Christmas celebrations kicked off in the traditional birthplace of Jesus to the sound of bagpipes. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III arrives at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on January 6, 2012, as Orthodox Christmas celebrations kicked off in the traditional birthplace of Jesus to the sound of bagpipes. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER

A worshipper kisses a pillar of the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during the Orthodox Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

A worshipper takes part in the Orthodox Christmas procession in the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A Christian Orthodox priest stands during a mass in the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during the Orthodox Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

A member of the clergy is seen inside the Church of the Nativity before a Christmas procession in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A Christian Orthodox nun kisses the cross-shaped five holes carved on a column inside the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on January 6, 2012, as Orthodox Christmas celebrations kicked off in the traditional birthplace of Jesus to the sound of bagpipes. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

Christian Orthodox monks tour the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on January 6, 2012, as Orthodox Christmas celebrations kicked off in the traditional birthplace of Jesus to the sound of bagpipes. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

Christian Orthodox nuns gather before entering the Grotto at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on January 6, 2012, as Orthodox Christmas celebrations kicked off in the traditional birthplace of Jesus to the sound of bagpipes AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

Christian Orthodox pilgrims pray inside the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on January 6, 2012, as Orthodox Christmas celebrations kicked off in the traditional birthplace of Jesus to the sound of bagpipes. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

A Christian Orthodox monk prays inside the Grotto at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on January 6, 2012, as Orthodox Christmas celebrations kicked off in the traditional birthplace of Jesus to the sound of bagpipes. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

A Christian Orthodox monk prays inside the Grotto at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on January 6, 2012, as Orthodox Christmas celebrations kicked off in the traditional birthplace of Jesus to the sound of bagpipes. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

A young Greek Orthodox altar boy participates in the Orthodox Christmas procession in the Grotto, inside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during the Orthodox Christmas procession in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Metropolitan Theophilos leads the Orthodox Christmas procession inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Greek orthodox priests prepare for the arrival of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Metropolitan Theophilos and the start of the Christmas procession inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Jerusalem's Syriac Patriarch Sawrios Milki Murad (R) arrives outside the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on January 6, 2012, as Orthodox Christmas celebrations kicked off in the traditional birthplace of Jesus to the sound of bagpipes. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III arrives at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on January 6, 2012, as Orthodox Christmas celebrations kicked off in the traditional birthplace of Jesus to the sound of bagpipes. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Metropolitan Theophilos (C) leads the Orthodox Christmas procession inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Greek Orthodox priests attend the Christmas procession inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Greek Orthodox priests attend the Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Greek Orthodox priests attend the Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

A member of the clergy attends the Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

A member of the Greek Orthodox clergy carries a cross beside the Church of the Nativity during a Christmas procession in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

A Palestinian boy rides on a drum during a Christmas procession in Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Orthodox Christmas celebrations kick off on January 6, 2012 in the traditional birthplace of Jesus in the West Bank town of Bethlehem to the sound of bagpipes. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER

An Orthodox worshipper cries inside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Orthodox Christmas celebrations in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, late Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Orthodox worshippers, originally from Eritrea, dance outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Orthodox Christmas celebrations in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, early Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Orthodox worshippers originally from Eritrea dance outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Orthodox Christmas celebrations in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, early Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Orthodox worshippers originally from Eritrea dance outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Orthodox Christmas celebrations in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, early Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

An Orthodox woman pauses inside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Orthodox Christmas celebrations in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, late Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Orthodox Christmas in Bethlehem - Palestine - Jan 7, 2012 - Photo by WAFA

Orthodox Christmas in Bethlehem - Palestine - Jan 7, 2012 - Photo by WAFA

Orthodox Christmas in Bethlehem - Palestine - Jan 7, 2012 - Photo by WAFA

Orthodox Christmas in Bethlehem - Palestine - Jan 7, 2012 - Photo by WAFA

Orthodox Christmas in Bethlehem - Palestine - Jan 7, 2012 - Photo by WAFA

Jan 7, 2011 – Orthodox Christmas in Gaza

Orthodox Christmas in Gaza - Palestine - Jan 7, 2012 - Photo by WAFA

Orthodox Christmas in Gaza - Palestine - Jan 7, 2012 - Photo by WAFA

Orthodox Christmas in Gaza - Palestine - Jan 7, 2012 - Photo by WAFA

 

Palestinian Greek Orthodox Christians attend Christmas mass at the Orthodox Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City on January 7, 2012. The Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas and other religious holidays according to the Julian calendar, while other Christian churches have adopted the later Gregorian calendar. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS

A Palestinian Greek Orthodox worshiper attends Christmas services at the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City January 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

 

Palestinian Greek Orthodox Christians attend Christmas mass at the Orthodox Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City on January 7, 2012. The Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas and other religious holidays according to the Julian calendar, while other Christian churches have adopted the later Gregorian calendar. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS

A Palestinian Greek Orthodox worshiper attends Christmas services at the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City January 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian Greek Orthodox worshipers attend Christmas services at the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City January 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Greek Orthodox Palestinians attend Christmas services at a Greek Orthodox church in Gaza City, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. Most Eastern Christian churches celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

 

Palestinian Greek Orthodox Christians attend Christmas mass at the Orthodox Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City on January 7, 2012. The Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas and other religious holidays according to the Julian calendar, while other Christian churches have adopted the later Gregorian calendar. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS

Palestinian Greek Orthodox worshipers attend Christmas services at the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City January 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

 

Palestinian Greek Orthodox Christians attend Christmas mass at the Orthodox Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City on January 7, 2012. The Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas and other religious holidays according to the Julian calendar, while other Christian churches have adopted the later Gregorian calendar. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS

 

Palestinian Greek Orthodox Christians attend Christmas mass at the Orthodox Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City on January 7, 2012. The Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas and other religious holidays according to the Julian calendar, while other Christian churches have adopted the later Gregorian calendar. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS

 

Palestinian Greek Orthodox Christians attend Christmas mass at the Orthodox Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City on January 7, 2012. The Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas and other religious holidays according to the Julian calendar, while other Christian churches have adopted the later Gregorian calendar. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS

A Greek Orthodox priest attends Christmas services at the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City January 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

A Palestinian Greek Orthodox girl attends Christmas services at the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City January 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

 

Palestinian Greek Orthodox Christians attend Christmas mass at the Orthodox Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City on January 7, 2012. The Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas and other religious holidays according to the Julian calendar, while other Christian churches have adopted the later Gregorian calendar. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS

 

Palestinian Greek Orthodox Christians attend Christmas mass at the Orthodox Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City on January 7, 2012. The Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas and other religious holidays according to the Julian calendar, while other Christian churches have adopted the later Gregorian calendar. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS

 

Palestinian Greek Orthodox Christians attend Christmas mass at the Orthodox Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City on January 7, 2012. The Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas and other religious holidays according to the Julian calendar, while other Christian churches have adopted the later Gregorian calendar. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS

A Palestinian Greek Orthodox boy attends Christmas services at the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City January 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian Greek Orthodox worshippers attend Christmas services at the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City January 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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Collected and daily continuous new pictures are updated as they come available and Christmas comes near… Collected with love for the Christian brothers and sisters in Palestine. May Allaah Subhana wa Ta’ala/God/G-d guide us all towards a peaceful coexistence. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil ‘Alameen



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Dear friends, ikwaan wa akhawaat,

This blog is campaigning on twitter and social networks to fundraise for the surgery for Samar, 10yr old girl from Ramallah suffering of a brain tumor and in urgent need of life saving surgery. Kindly notice she will not get any help in Palestine nor Israel . We want to succeed before 2012 so this will also be a great relief for her and family, knowing that 2012 really might bring a change AND a healthy future. Please donate even when it is a little or help to spread this appeal if as wide as possible.

At the moment we reached 72% so just a little more help is needed to save a life. May Allaah SWT reward all who are helping in any way. Ameen ya Rab

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