Figures on January foreign tourist hotel stays are not yet available, but December's numbers were down 9% compared to December 2014 and 28% compared to December 2013.05:09 10.02.16 | 0 comments
I visit Bethlehem and my friends there every year. The reason why Palestinian Christians opt to go abroad is because of the suffocating restrictions the Israeli occupation is imposing on them, not because they are being persecuted by Moslems. This is pure fantasy. Those Palestinian Arabs of christian origin who live abroad cherish their Palestinian identity, which they share with their Moslem counterparts. You see divisions where there are none. To continue with the democratic one state solution: it will be a state where each of the religious communities will have their safeguards, but not on the basis of sectarian mechanisms like they were used in Lebanon, but based on mutual respect and partnership. These principles will be anchoured in the constitution. In a democratic state people will not interact with each other on the basis of religious affiliation, but on the basis of shared communal interests which transcend the boundaries between the religious communities.