There are discussions in Bethlehem whether the Christmas celebrations should continue and the Christmas street lights stay on. The lights, among them of the large Christmas tree in Nativity Square, are momentarily switched off, as a sign of mourning.

But new lightning symbols of sumud or steadfastness are shared across the Palestinian homes, especially through Facebook. The 16-year old girl Ahed Tamimi from Nabi Saleh, a village near Ramallah, slaps an armed soldier, with bare hands or fists. Two soldiers stand in front of her family house. She thinks, like her family, that they shouldn't be there, and have to leave. The soldiers refuse.

Source: ICN

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