Christmas celebrations traditionally be for the Palestinian, Beit-lehem peak tourist season. In a city that became the birthplace of Jesus Christ attracts thousands of pilgrims.
However, in the current Christmas season tourists are much smaller than normal. According to the newspaper «al-Hayat al-Jarida», the reason for this dual situation in the sphere of security and a sharp drop in the number of tourists from Russia.
«Usually at this time of year in Bethlehem was the mass of Russian tourists. This year they are not. The reason – the plane crash in Sinai,» says local guide Abdullah Themselves.
According to him, many Russians vacationing in the Sinai Peninsula, came to Bethlehem one day. However, after the termination of air links with Egypt, the flow of Russian tourists has dried up.
Recall that the Palestinian authority leadership has consistently argued that it is the Palestinians who are the ancestors of Christianity and that Jesus Christ, as a Palestinian, these days suffered was from the occupation.
A few years ago these statements commented the press Secretary of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Israel Yigal Palmor. «Forgive them, for they know not what they do», he said.