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Bethlehem lit up its Christmas tree without the usual crowds due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Israeli authorities prevented construction works inside the Ibrahimi Mosque in occupied Hebron.

Israel tests 100,000 to prevent pandemic 'second wave'

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Israel tests 100,000 to prevent pandemic 'second wave'

Despite faring relatively well compared to some countries, Israel is already preparing for a second wave in coronavirus cases.

Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa to reopen as Covid-19 measures relax

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Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa to reopen as Covid-19 measures relax

Al-Aqsa Mosque will reopen on Sunday as coronavirus measures relax.

Bethlehem's Church of <em>Nativity</em> reopens after coronavirus closure

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Bethlehem's Church of Nativity reopens after coronavirus closure

The church had been closed since March 5 when an outbreak of COVID-19 was detected in Bethlehem.

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Saudi Arabia lifts its lockdown, Egypt's doctors lay into the government, Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity reopens and Ikea's car parks host socially distanced Eid prayers. Here's the latest.

Diana Alghoul

Coronavirus under occupation: Why Palestine's situation is unique

Palestinians are in a unique situation as the coronavirus spreads, facing not only a pandemic but also military occupation, a siege and ...

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Israel extends West Bank, Gaza closures amid coronavirus outbreak

No final date has been issued for lifting the closure on Bethlehem, which has been completely shut down since last week in coordination with the ...

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Israel’s Netanyahu plans children’s army to battle coronavirus

In a bizarre announcement, Netanyahu announced plans to deploy school children and youth groups to disinfect public spaces with bleach in a bid ...

Israel places Bethlehem on lockdown after coronavirus cases detected

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Israel places Bethlehem on lockdown after coronavirus cases detected

Bethlehem is under complete lockdown as the Palestinian Authority announces a state of emergency, closing schools and universities across the ...

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Palestine closes Church of Nativity amid coronavirus fears

Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity has been closed to prevent a further spread of coronavirus.

US, Israel cancel military exercise over coronavirus

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US, Israel cancel military exercise over coronavirus

The United States and Israel will not go ahead with a planned joint military drill in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Palestinian Authority bars West Bank tourism over coronavirus

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Palestinian Authority bars West Bank tourism over coronavirus

A number of suspected coronavirus cases have been detected at a hotel in Bethlehem, the first in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Copts in Egypt: Trapped between a strongman and saviour

Charlie Hoyle

Copts in Egypt: Trapped between a strongman and saviour

Sisi has long crafted an image as the protector of Coptic Christians, a community trapped between the state and society with protection from ...

Prince Charles arrives in Bethlehem for historic Palestine visit

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Prince Charles arrives in Bethlehem for historic Palestine visit

Prince Charles visited several important sites in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, located in the occupied West Bank.

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Jeopardy! apologises for 'flawed' Church of Nativity clue

Television quiz show Jeopardy caused an uproar after it aired a segment in which the answer to the location of the Church of Nativity was Israel.

Chris Doyle

What Prince Charles won't see when he visits Israel

Comment: Will the 71-year-old be given a first-class tour of the wonders of the Israeli occupation? It's unlikely, writes Chris Doyle.

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Thousands mark Christmas in West Bank town of Bethlehem

Visitors converged on the town's large Christmas tree in Manger Square, near the spot believed to mark Jesus' birthplace.

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Palestinian Muslim women make Santa dolls in Gaza Strip

Muslim women in the Gaza Strip are making holiday gift dolls, as many Christian Gazans find their requests to visit the holy city of Bethlehem ...

Israel prevents hundreds of Gaza's Christians from Bethlehem pilgrimage

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Israel prevents hundreds of Gaza's Christians from Bethlehem pilgrimage

Hundreds of Gazan Christians who planned to spend Christmas in Bethlehem had their hopes crushed after Israeli authorities refused their entry ...

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Mysterious artist Banksy unveils dark nativity in Bethlehem

A manger scene juxtaposed against concrete blocks seemingly pierced by a mortar shell: with Christmas looming, Banksy reveals his latest art ...

Fragment of Jesus' manger arrives in Bethlehem

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Fragment of Jesus' manger arrives in Bethlehem

After more than a millennium’s absence, a tiny wooden fragment claimed to have been from the manger where Jesus was born was given back to ...

Bethlehem's <em>Nativity</em> Church removed from UNESCO endangered list

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Bethlehem's Nativity Church removed from UNESCO endangered list

Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was born, was removed from UNESCO's list of ...

Baptismal font discovered at Bethlehem's Church of the <em>Nativity</em>

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Baptismal font discovered at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity

A Byzantine-era font has been discovered at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, raising excitement among researchers on Jesus' ...

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