Bethlehem


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Culture
A painting by the British graffiti artist Banksy that was mysteriously transferred from the West Bank is revealed in the Urban Gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel, on August 4, 2022.

Banksy painting made in West Bank resurfaces in Tel Aviv

'This is theft... These were paintings by an international artist for Bethlehem, for Palestine'

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Defense
An Israeli soldier in the village of Beita, the West Bank, on July 28, 2021.

Israeli forces detain ten suspected terrorists in overnight West Bank raids

Israeli forces also confiscated illegal weapons, including M-16 assault rifles

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Palestinian Territories
US President Joe Biden (L) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas deliver statements in Bethlehem, the West Bank, on July 15, 2022.

In West Bank, Biden backs two-state solution, says Jerusalem ‘for all its people’

Jerusalem is 'central to the national vision of both Palestinians and Israelis'

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Palestinian Territories
Israeli soldiers during a counter-terrorism operation in the West Bank that took place in the overnight hours from May 23 to May 24, 2022.

Israeli troops kill third Palestinian in 24 hours during West Bank clashes

A 29-year-old man was shot dead near Bethlehem

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Palestinian Territories
Soldiers operate in the Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem in the southern West Bank

Report: Palestinian killed near Bethlehem

Israel's defense establishment remains on high alert amid a wave of terrorist attacks

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Palestinian Territories
Israeli security forces keep watch as Palestinians wait to have their IDs checked to reach the city of Jerusalem to attend Ramadan prayers in the al-Aqsa mosque on April 8, 2022 at a checkpoint in Bethlehem in the West Bank.

Israeli troops kill unarmed Palestinian woman near Bethlehem

'The force opened fire on her as part of a suspect arrest procedure that included firing into the air'

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Palestinian Territories
Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli security forces during a raid in Tuqoua, near the city of Bethlehem, February 9, 2021.

Israel forces kill Palestinian teen in West Bank

'Mohammed Shehade, 14, was killed by Israeli forces' gunfire in Al-Khader,' a statement says

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Palestinian Territories
Fireworks explode during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, in the West Bank, on December 5, 2020.

Bethlehem hopeful for return of tourists this Christmas

This year Mayor Anton Salman says the usual commemorations will commence starting December 4

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Palestinian Territories
This picture taken from the Palestinian village of Beit Jala on the outskirts of the town of Bethlehem, shows the road and the tunnel that link Jerusalem to the southern area of the occupied-West Bank, deserted due to its closure by the Israeli authorities, in a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, on September 19, 2020

Palestinian suspected of throwing Molotov cocktail killed by IDF

Another suspect in the firebombing incident is in Israeli custody

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Diplomacy & defense
FILE - Soldiers secure the area where Israel's military said troops killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to attack soldiers, at a West Bank junction in the industrial zone of Barkan, on January 26, 2021.

IDF troops thwart firebomb attack in West Bank, neutralize two suspects

One was critically injured, Palestinian media report

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Diplomacy & defense
Nachshon Battalion soldiers during an operation in the Duhaisha Refugee Camp, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 8, 2015.

IDF thwarts attack, wounds perpetrator near Rachel's Tomb, Bethlehem

Security forces open fire, wounding 18-year-old attempting to throw Molotov cocktail

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Israel
Christian worshippers pray in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity following its reopening, West Bank, on May 26, 2020.

West Bank: Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity reopens

West Bank holy site reopens as Palestinian Authority rolls back coronavirus restrictions

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Israel
FILE - A sigh placed prior to the visit of US Governor Mike Huckabee in the West Bank settlement of Efrat, Aug. 1, 2018

Israel approves thousands of housing units in West Bank settlement

'The momentum of building in our land cannot be stopped,' Defense Minister Bennett says

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Middle East
ILLUSTRATIVE PHOTO - Visitors leave the Walled Off Hotel, where a new artwork dubbed "Scar of Bethlehem" by the artist Banksy is displayed, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019

Coronavirus: PA declares state of emergency, closes houses of worship

Move follows confirmation of four virus cases in Bethlehem, local reports say

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Culture
Santas from USA, Germany, Denmark and Romania float in Israel's Dead Sea during a tour of major Christian sites in Israel. All are graduates of Michigan's Charles W. Howard Santa School.

Santa School graduates take a tour of the 'ho ho holy land'

The four day tour was organized by Issa and Israel's Ministry of Tourism and focused on major Christian sites

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Middle East
People pass by the "The Walled Off Hotel" and the Israeli security barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Friday, March 3, 2017.

Mysterious artist Banksy unveils dark nativity in Bethlehem

'Banksy is trying to be a voice for those that cannot speak,' explains manager of the Walled-Off Hotel

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Culture
Palestinian Christians celebrate the lighting of a Christmas tree in Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem,, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

Bethlehem welcomes pilgrims for Christmas celebrations

Tourists queued to visit the grotto inside the church, believed to be the exact site where Jesus was born

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Society
A Santa Claus passing near the controversial Israeli separation barrier, as he arrives in the West Bank city of Bethlehem

Gaza Christians barred from visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Christmas

Gazan Christians will be issued permits to travel abroad, but it does not include visits to Israel & West Bank