Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah lit the Christmas tree outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on Saturday., marking the start of Christmas celebrations.
Thousands attended the festivities in the traditional birthplace of Jesus, which included a firework display and a re-enactment of the nativity, as seen in footage filmed on Saturday.
The Advisor to the Palestinian President... Еще for Christian Affairs, Ziad Al-Bandak, who also attended the festivities, used the occasion to call for a peaceful solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
«From Bethlehem, we always call for a message of peace and love, because in the end this occupation must go away and the world must consider a good balance towards a just solution for the Palestinian people,» he said.
Large numbers of foreign ambassadors, members of the Christian clergy, and thousands of tourists and pilgrims attended the celebrations.