As Christians around the world look to the end of the Advent season, preparations are in full swing in the place where it all started, Bethlehem, to celebrate that one story that lies at the heart of all Christian traditions.

But as heartfelt and festive as Christmas season may be, reality for people in Palestine today remains one of life under occupation.

“As Palestinians, we have an incredibly rich history, culture and heritage,” says Saleem Anfous who lives with his family – his wife Lubna and their three daughters – in Beit Sahour in the Bethlehem Governorate of Palestine.

“But despite all the joys of that heritage, we live under occupation, and this inevitably affects our identity as Palestinians too,” he says.

Source: ICN

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