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In Photos: a subdued Christmas in Gaza following Trump’s Jerusalem announcement

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In light of Donald Trump’s announcement earlier this month where the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinian Christians held subdued Christmas celebrations across the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. While Palestinian Christians once comprised 20 percent of the overall Palestinian population, and in Gaza numbered 5,000 just a decade ago in Gaza, today they make up around 1,500 out of a population of 1.8 million in the besieged strip. Three churches remain active in Gaza according to Al Jazeera, where services were held today. Shop owners decorated storefronts in festive red Santa Claus decorations, following weeks of protests over the Jerusalem  in the occupied Palestinian territory.

A girl wearing reindeer headbands attends Christmas day mass at the Roman Catholic Church of Holy Family in Gaza City on December 25, 2017. (Photo: Mohammed Dahman/APA Images)

Nuns of the Missionaries of Charity order attend Christmas day mass at the Roman Catholic Church of Holy Family in Gaza City on December 25, 2017. (Photo: Mohammed Dahman/APA Images)

Nuns of the Missionaries of Charity order attend Christmas day mass at the Roman Catholic Church of Holy Family in Gaza City on December 25, 2017. (Photo: Mohammed Dahman/APA Images)

A Palestinian vendor displays decorations of New Year 2018, at his shop in Gaza city on December 25, 2017. (Photo: Mohammed Dahman/APA Images)

A Palestinian vendor displays decorations of New Year 2018, at his shop in Gaza city on December 25, 2017. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

A Palestinian shop keeper dresses plastic models outfitted as Santa Claus (or Father Christmas) outside his shop in Gaza City on December 25, 2017. Photo by Mohammed Dahman

 

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  1. Citizen
    Citizen
    December 25, 2017, 6:15 pm

    Do they get to rapture up too? Hagee never mentions them on his show.

  2. RoHa
    RoHa
    December 25, 2017, 9:21 pm

    Christmas? But isn’t Gaza supposed to be in the iron grip of a bunch of swarthy, unshaven, wild eyed, fanatical Islamic militants who will cut the throats of unbelievers?

  3. Jakeburbar
    Jakeburbar
    December 26, 2017, 6:10 pm

    Roha, you are so ignorant, is what you think all the prisoners of the Gaza strip are. Animals in your word. You wouldn’t last 2 seconds in Gaza. Ignorant people like you should go and see the suffering first hand. By savage animal Americans and Israelis who let the suffering continue, there’s a God who will judge all in the end….

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      December 26, 2017, 10:48 pm

      Jacob, I am only saying what the Zionists have told me, and I know they wouldn’t lie to me. They are all such decent and kind-hearted people.

      Also, if there is a God, I’d rather he stepped in now and sorted the mess out, instead of just waiting to judge at the end.

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      December 27, 2017, 2:16 am

      Calm down Jacob, that was irony. RoHa was just making fun of Zionist sociopaths and their propaganda.

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