It was a subdued Christmas Eve in the historic birthplace of Jesus on Sunday, with spirits dampened by recent violence sparked by President Donald Trump’s recognition of nearby Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Crowds were thinner than previous years, with visitors deterred by clashes that have broken out in recent weeks between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces. Although there was no violence Sunday,
Christian worshiper lights candles at the Church of the Nativity, on Christmas Eve, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (AP)