Rain Cuts Christmas Crowds in Bethlehem

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Palestinian street vendors sells balloons for Christmas near the Nativity Church during the traditional Christmas Eve procession to Manger Square. Menahem Kahana/Getty Images hide caption

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Palestinian street vendors sells balloons for Christmas near the Nativity Church.

Palestinian street vendors sells balloons for Christmas near the Nativity Church during the traditional Christmas Eve procession to Manger Square.

Menahem Kahana/Getty Images

Cool, wet weather discourages tourism in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve and dampens Palestinian merchants' high hopes for the holiday. The barrier Israel is erecting to separate Jerusalem from the West Bank may also factor in the turnout.

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