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Old August 5th, 2013, 06:44 PM   #1
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Palestinian Authority. Bethlehem.

Bethlehem is situated on the West Bank, the territory, which challenged Israel and the Palestinian Authority that seeks full independence. Bethlehem separated by a concrete dividing wall, to get into the city, you have to pass through the checkpoint.
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Old August 5th, 2013, 06:52 PM   #2
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Travel to Bethlehem through the checkpoint.







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8 meter long barrage fence.







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First time viewing this collection, and I find myself weeping in tears, feeling devastated at how deep the divide has been between Israel and Palestine through the photos you've presented here. I mean, 8 meter-tall fences, a heavily-guarded border, and quite a lot of security forces manning the town of Christ's birth... yes, even though the streets around Bethlehem seem to be peaceful, I can really feel the tension and harrowing effects of fighting through the emotions of ordinary folks in the pictures. Even though the streets seem to be narrow and busy, I must say that going to Palestine is like me preparing myself to face any trouble that could strike at anytime: even though life seems to be normal, at night, the scene can change completely as the local people might get out in force and protest things against their neighbor, Israel, which I find really sad because Bethlehem is a major center of Christianity, despite the fact that Muslims live along its streets, from shops to religious centers. Hopefully, a peace accord can be made between Israel and Palestine so that the fighting and shootings will end, and that Jerusalem and Bethlehem will become safer places to hold pilgrimages all year round.

Splendid images, my friend! Hopefully, you're all right after going through that precarious journey.
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Thanks for analytical comments. I would also like that the relations between the two countries have improved, but it is hampered by the normalized other interests of those to whom it is profitable. In order to achieve the normalization of diplomatic professionalism, patience, and that other countries do not interfere.
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The population of Bethlehem live off grants, tourist services and trade.







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Superb pics ardues.
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Life as in any city goes on - the banks operate women travel in the car.







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Bethlehem attraction is the Basilica of the Nativity on Manger Square.







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Interesting photos!
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Is there any more intresting pics from this part of the globe?
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On the streets of Bethlehem.







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Great, very nice photos from Bethlehem, ardues
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Entrance to the Temple of the Birth of Christ.





Place the alleged birth.





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