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Thousands enjoy merry Christmas in Bethlehem, Palestine

Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem

Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal waves to the crowds before Christmas celebrations in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Twal, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, has celebrated the United Nations' recent recognition of a Palestinian state in his annual pre-Christmas remarks.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal waves to the crowds before Christmas celebrations in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Twal, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, has celebrated the United Nations’ recent recognition of a Palestinian state in his annual pre-Christmas remarks.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)

A man dressed as Santa Claus distributes Christmas trees to Christians outside Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Ilean)

A man dressed as Santa Claus distributes Christmas trees to Christians outside Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Ilean)

Catholic priests attend Christmas celebrations in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

Catholic priests attend Christmas celebrations in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

A Christian worshiper walks out of the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Thousands of Christian worshippers and tourists arrived in Bethlehem on Monday to mark Christmas at the site where many believe Jesus Christ was born. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

A Christian worshiper walks out of the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Thousands of Christian worshippers and tourists arrived in Bethlehem on Monday to mark Christmas at the site where many believe Jesus Christ was born. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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