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Meet Palestinian Santa Claus


Sun 04 Dec 2022 | 04:04 PM
Rana Atef

Every year, the old city of Jerusalem becomes an essential spot for feeling the festive mood of the Christmas season, especially in the presence of dozens of historical and valuable churches.

The streets are draped in green and red welcoming visitors from all over the world.

One of the attractive scenes in the city is the Palestinian Issa Kassissieh who decided to turn his 700-year-old home into a real Santa Claus home.

He welcomed the visitors in a traditional Santa Claus red suit, and beard, saying a "Ho, ho, ho" to the visitors lining before the house to meet Santa.

Kassissieh told Radio France Internationale (FRI): "We are dealing with many religions here in Jerusalem. We have Muslims, Christians, and Jews. I have all religions come to my house. I open my hands to everybody."

Among the visitors, there was a family from the US who waited in the line with children to meet the Christmas figure.

Alison Pargiter told FRI: "It is important that our kids have fun, but we also want them to know the true story behind Christmas."

Kassissieh said that young children are more concerned with modern technologies and devices, revealing that: "Every child asks me for an iPhone."

"I never promise anything, but I say: 'Let's pray, and if you're on my good list, you will get it," he clarified.