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Bethlehem Business Reborn as Christmas Tourism Boosts Statehood

Azur Murad is opening a gourmet food store on Bethlehem’s Star Street in time for Christmas, joining 11 other shopkeepers encouraged by Palestinian Authority incentives to boost business in the biblical town.

“We want to bring special things here to make this street successful,” said Murad, 52, pointing to cheeses from France and olives from Greece and the West Bank.