An Arabic version of "Silent Night" playing in the background on Manger Square heralded in the beginning of the Christmas season in the Holy Land at the 8th annual Bethlehem Christmas market on 30 November and 1 December.
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Palestinians and Israelis are hopeful this season will sustain an increase in tourists to the region.This year has also seen a decrease in violence for the first time since the outbreak of a Palestinian uprising known as the "second intifadah"
that began in September 2000.