‘Israel’ bars Gaza Christians from celebrating holidays in Bethlehem

Gaza (QNN)- Israeli authorities said on Thursday that Christians in the Gaza Strip will not be allowed to visit holy cities in the West Bank, such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem, to celebrate Christmas this year.

The decision was made due to recommendations by the Israeli security service, according to Israeli media.

Gazan Christians will be allowed to travel abroad but none will be allowed to go to occupied Palestine, home to many sites holy to Christians, a spokeswoman for Israel’s military liaison to the Palestinians said.

He also said that following “security orders”, Gazans would be allowed to travel abroad via Allenby Bridge border crossing with Jordan but not to visit cities in ‘Israel’ or the West Bank.

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