Christmas was packed on Monday night in Bethlehem, just like it was in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
But al-AP had to blame the ‘occupation’ for something….
Thousands of Christians from the world over packed Manger Square in Bethlehem on Monday to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the ancient West Bank town where he was born.
For their Palestinian hosts, this holiday season was especially joyous, with the hardships of the Israeli occupation that so often clouded previous Christmas Eve celebrations eased by the United Nations’ recent recognition of an independent state of Palestine.
So when were their celebrations ‘clouded’?