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But residents in Bethlehem tell me the restrictions imposed by Israel have hit daily life as hard or harder than the activities of militant Islamists. Bethlehem was 85 percent Christian when Israel was granted statehood in 1948; and is about 20 percent Christian today. Many of those Christians have left for the United States and elsewhere as their freedom of movement and commerce has declined, while weariness has risen over the uncertainties and hardships here.

Mindy Belz
Mindy Belz

Mindy travels to the far corners of the globe as the editor of WORLD and lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina. Follow Mindy on Twitter @mcbelz.

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