Little Palestinian town of Bethlehem wants its tourists, Christian residents to come back

By Anne-Marie O'Connor, December 22, 2013

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — There’s been something missing in the birthplace of Christianity: Christians.

For years, Palestinian Christians have been quietly abandoning the place where Jesus is said to have been born in a manger. Middle-class residents here have packed their bags for less chaotic lives in Latin America, Europe and the United States.

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