TRAVEL PALESTINE, The Official Site for Tourism in Palestine describes Bethlehem as follows :
‘Beit Lahem’ A few miles south of Jerusalem lies the city of Bethlehem. Christians around the world know it as the little town where Jesus Christ was born. Still small, Bethlehem has retained a friendly atmosphere and is host to thousands of tourists each year. Many sacred Christian sites, churches, and monasteries are located in the city. A major attraction is the Church of the Nativity at Manger Square, built over the cave where Jesus Christ was born. The adjoining Church of St. Catherine possesses marvellous wood carvings of the Stations of the Cross.
Newsweek invited Nabil Shaath to give his opinion on the City of Bethlehem. Here is an excerpt :
CHRISTMAS IN BETHLEHEM IS A PALESTINIAN MESSAGE OF HOPE
23 December 2015
I was almost overwhelmed by people welcoming me, excitedly awaiting the return of Abu Ammar (Yasser Arafat). That day I was invited to visit the Church, and the shops and homes of Bethlehemites that I shall never forget. I could feel that the message of hope brought by Jesus 2,000 years ago from Bethlehem was alive in the hearts and souls of its people. Read further in Newsweek .
No number of pictures is sufficient enough to bring as clear an idea of this small but how much significant in the western world development as Bethlehem is. Here are a few :