Attendere il 2020 a Betlemme

Citata ogni anno per la ricorrenza del Natale, Betlemme è un luogo emblematico dove attendere il nuovo anno e l’attesa di pace che accompagna il passaggio del 31 dicembre. Attualmente sotto la giurisdizione dell’Autorità nazionale palestinese, la “città di David” dove è nato Gesù  è al centro di un’area attraversata da tante contraddizioni decisive per il mondo intero.

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People celebrate Christmas in front of the Church of the Nativity, or Basilica of the Nativity, in Bethlehem on Dec. 24, 2019.( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )
People celebrate Christmas in front of the Church of the Nativity, or Basilica of the Nativity, in Bethlehem on Dec. 24, 2019.( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )
People celebrate Christmas in front of the Church of the Nativity, or Basilica of the Nativity, in Bethlehem on Dec. 24, 2019.( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )
Worshiper hold candles and pray during a Christmas day Mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Nuns pray during a Christmas day Mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
People sing in front of a Christmas tree near the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on Dec. 24, 2019. (Kyodo via AP Images) ==Kyodo
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a Christmas midnight mass in the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. The Church of the Nativity, where Christians believe Jesus was born, hosted Palestinian dignitaries and pilgrims from around the world for the midnight Mass. (Mussa Qawasma/Pool Photo via AP)
Clergymen participate in Christmas celebrations outside the Church of the Nativity, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, on Christmas Eve, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Pierbattista Pizzaballa arrives to the Church of the Nativity, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, on Christmas Eve, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A Palestinian Scout marching band parade during Christmas celebrations outside the Church of the Nativity, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, on Christmas Eve, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A Palestinian Scout marching band parades during Christmas celebrations outside the Church of the Nativity, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, on Christmas Eve, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A girl dressed as Santa Claus watches Christmas celebrations outside the Church of the Nativity, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, on Christmas Eve, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Christian pilgrims from Nigeria pray inside the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A worshipper prays inside the Church of the Nativity, built on top of the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, on Christmas Eve, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A worshipper prays inside the Church of the Nativity, built on top of the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, on Christmas Eve, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Christian Armenian pray inside the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A visitor lights a candle at the Church of the Nativity built on top of the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born on Christmas Eve, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
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