'We are all trapped': Israel bars Gaza's Christians from visiting holy sites | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

'We are all trapped': Israel bars Gaza's Christians from visiting holy sites

For the second year in a row, Haneen Elias al-Jilda fears that Israeli authorities will deny her the right to perform religious rituals and participate in Christmas celebrations in the city of Bethlehem.

Last year she was prevented from obtaining a permit to travel from the besieged Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank through the Erez crossing.

Such disappointment and frustration are prevalent among Gaza's Christians.

On Thursday, a spokesperson for the Israeli Military Liaison Office with the Palestinians said that Palestinian Christians residing in Gaza could obtain permission to travel abroad, but that none of them would be allowed to enter Israel and the West Bank, where many sites sacred to Christians are located.

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