Palestinians in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism

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Palestinians in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism

People pass by the “The Walled Off Hotel” and the Israeli security barrier the West Bank city of Bethlehem. As visitors descend on Bethlehem this Christmas, they have the option of staying in the restored centuries-old guesthouses, taking food tours of local markets and perusing the dystopian art in and around a hotel designed by the British graffiti artist Banksy.
Christian visitors in the lobby of a hotel in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
A Christian visitor takes a picture of a wooden relic believed to be from Jesus’ manger inside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Palestinians in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism

People pass by the “The Walled Off Hotel” and the Israeli security barrier the West Bank city of Bethlehem. As visitors descend on Bethlehem this Christmas, they have the option of staying in the restored centuries-old guesthouses, taking food tours of local markets and perusing the dystopian art in and around a hotel designed by the British graffiti artist Banksy.
Christian visitors in the lobby of a hotel in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
A Christian visitor takes a picture of a wooden relic believed to be from Jesus’ manger inside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
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