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Bethlehem hotels teem with tourists, defying Jerusalem tensions

Hotels are at full capacity for Christmas; record 2.7 million tourists expected this year

Masked Palestinian youth having a pillow fight in the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem.

A visitor taking pictures of graffiti work painted by street artist Banksy showing an Israeli soldier.


IN THE West Bank town revered as Jesus's birthplace, hotels are at full capacity for Christmas despite simmering Israeli-Palestinian tensions over US President Donald Trump's labelling of nearby Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"We have not witnessed any cancellation since...