News / 

Christmas trees in Jerusalem, Peace tree in Bethlehem

Save Story
Leer en español

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

JERUSALEM (AP) — A day after another attempted stabbing attack on Israelis, Jerusalem's civic leaders have held their annual Christmas tree giveaway.

By the Old City walls, Jerusalem residents were greeted Monday by Santa Claus, who helped them select from among Christmas trees distributed by city hall.

Nearby, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Palestinians decorated an olive tree with tear gas canisters and grenades near the Church of Nativity. Palestinian activist Jamal Juma'a said the decorations send the message that Palestinians deserve to live in peace. He said the tree symbolizes the resistance and "suffering of the Palestinian people."

In three months of violence, 20 Israelis have been killed in near-daily Palestinian attacks. At least 119 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, of which Israel says 79 were assailants. The rest were killed in clashes with Israeli forces.

Sound: Upcoming

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent News stories

The Associated Press


    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast