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Page One: Headlines for 12/22/19

Palestinians pass an inflatable Santa Claus on a street near the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank. After a backlash, Israel has agreed to let Palestinians from Gaza travel to Bethlehem for Christmas. (photo: CNS/Debbie Hill)

Thousands in Lebanon protest over new prime minister (France 24) Thousands of protesters demonstrated in central Beirut and elsewhere in Lebanon on Sunday against the country’s new prime minister, saying he should abandon the post because he is a member of the ruling elite. After sunset, protesters closed several roads and highways in Beirut and other parts of the country to rally against the nomination of Hassan Diab, who was backed by the militant Hezbollah group and its allies and failed to win the backing of the main Sunni Muslim groups?

After backlash, Israel grants permits to Gaza Christians to spend Christmas in Bethlehem (Crux) Following protests, Catholics in Gaza have been granted permits to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, after Israeli officials had previously indicated that they would deny permission to take part in the long-standing tradition. In a last minute decision on Sunday, Israel said that permits would be granted to Gazans “in accordance with security assessments and without regard to age”?

Why Indian’s new citizenship plans are stirring protests (The New York Times) Protesters say the citizenship law will be followed by the national register, which they fear is designed by the Hindu-nationalist government to expel Muslims who do not have sufficient citizenship documentation?

World leaders send greetings for Hanukkah (The Times of Israel) As the eight-day Jewish festival of Hanukkah began on Sunday night, world leaders sent messages of celebration, acceptance, and vows of support in the campaign against anti-Semitism?

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