CHRISTMAS in Bethlehem, usually a grand and religious affair, has been cancelled amid the raging war between Israel and Hamas. While the Gaza Strip has been the focus of much of the fighting, battles have also unfolded in the West Bank, where Bethlehem is nestled. In the centre of the city, the enormous Christmas tree usually found in Manger Square is not there. They visit the town every year on Christmas, but he said this year the season is “very bad”. The November truce allowed aid to finally enter Gaza to help alleviate the crippling humanitarian disaster sweeping across the Strip.