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Shepherds' Nights Festival Candlelight Procession, Beit Sahour, West Bank 12/25/10: video
Beit Sahour is a mostly Christian village, with Catholic and Greek Orthodox faiths, directly east of Bethlehem in the West Bank. The town played a key role in the First and Second Intifadas, with local activists pioneering nonviolent resistance techniques. On December 23rd through 25th, 2010, Beit Sahour hosted its third annual Shepherds' Nights Festival to mark the Christmas holiday. The Festival is a family-friendly event with musical performers, dancers, local artisan and food vendors, and a Santa Claus with gifts for children. The three-day event is organized jointly by the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between People (PCR) and the Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI), a program of the East Jerusalem and Shepherds' Field YMCA/YWCAs.
On the Latin Christmas Day (Greek Orthodox Christmas is January 7th), the final day of the Festival begins with a Candlelight Procession through Beit Sahour with the theme "Light a Candle for the Establishment of a Palestinian State."
Beit Sahour Lights a Candle for the Establishment of a Palestinian State 12/25/2010
Shepherds' Nights Festival in Beit Sahour, West Bank, Palestine 12/23/10: video
Shepherds' Nights Festival 2010 in Beit Sahour, West Bank 12/23/10: photos
Interview with Miriam Bannoura, Beit Sahour, West Bank, Palestine, 12/21/10: video
Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between People
The PCR founded, and shares an office with, the International Middle East Media Center
Joint Advocacy Initiative