The few people who happen to have dual nationality are leaving their homeland because they have lost hope, the young Christian laments: “A friend of mine who had a small bus business is leaving the Holy Land this weekend”.
However, the vast majority do not have this possibility. Some like Tabash, have made the decision to stay, even though they could leave: “I keep opening my shop every day, I go to the square, in front of the Basilica of the Nativity, and people ask me why I’m going; I’m the only one opening the shop. The only thing that sustains me is faith; without faith, I couldn’t continue, not even for a minute. We’ve lost hope; all that’s left is faith.”