Bethlehem Cancels all Christmas Festivities

Published December 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Bethlehem municipality has cancelled all Christmas festivities in the town this year, reported The Jerusalem Post newspaper, quoting the Israeli radio.  

The report said that only the traditional march from Jerusalem to Jesus's birthplace will take place as usual.  

The municipality said that there was no point in holding celebrations since most of the foreign groups supposed to attend had cancelled their staying in the town. 

In the meantime, the Palestine Times newspaper quoted Israeli tourism officials as saying that tourism to Israel dropped since the outbreak of the Palestinian uprising by 40 percent compared with the same respective period last year. 

The Israeli officials said that "only 128,000 tourists visited Israel this October, which represents a drop by 40 percent compared with the same period last year." -  




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