Christmas 2019 in the Arab World Hadas Parush/Flash90
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Christmas 2019 in the Arab World

It is the birthplace of Jesus, the cradle of Christianity, and yet outside of Israel, it’s hard to find a Christmas celebration

Christmas is changing throughout the Middle East, but not for the better (except in the one place you might not guess). In Lebanon, Christians make up 35 percent of the population, and state laws still officially recognize different religious groups, despite the hijacking of the government by Hezbollah, the armed Iranian proxy militia whose aim is to establish an Islamic republic. In the meantime, Christians in Lebanon are still able to celebrate Christmas with limited freedoms.  But from there, things only go downhill. In Syria, after years of bloody civil war, many Christians have fled unchecked persecution, and the Christmas…