Palestinian protesters, some dressed as Santa Claus, carry Palestinian flags and chant anti Israel slogans during a protest in front of an Israeli checkpoint, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Friday. In a Christmas greeting on Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said: “Despite the Israeli occupation, our presence in our homeland and the preservation of our cultural and national heritage are the most important form of resistance in the face of the darkness of a foreign colonialist occupying power.”

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