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Error (+972 blog, Amjad Alqasis, 6/5/15): As a report for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America concludes:

Israel has spent millions of dollars refurbishing Christian sites in Israel and trying to create new ones . . . The [Israeli] Tourism Ministry is also promoting a Christmas Eve alternative to Bethlehem -- which is under control of the Palestinian Authority -- by inviting pilgrims and foreign diplomats to the Israeli city of Nazereth to enjoy a Christmas market, parade and fireworks. . .
Palestinians [emphasize that, as a result] they are being cut out of a market they once dominated. Palestinian tourism officials say Israeli is discouraging visits to areas administered by the Palestinian Authority and is promoting attractions in other [de facto annexed] parts of the West Bank, such as the baptismal site at the Jordan River," the committee reported.

Correction (6/7/15): A previous version of this article mistakenly attributed a quote about Israel’s attempts to compete with Palestinians for Christian tourism to CAMERA — Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. The article has been corrected to reflect that the quote was actually from a Los Angeles Times article, portions of which appeared on the CAMERA website as part of its critique of the article. The irony of misquoting an organization dedicated to “accuracy in reporting” is not lost on us.