Pictured here: The events of the last several weeks have significantly impacted the economy in cities across Palestine. While many tourists still made the trip to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem during the Christmas season, very few stayed for long in occupied Palestine. Hotels in Bethlehem that were full and had waiting lists had nearly empty floors on Christmas due to the number of cancellations. In al-Khalil, shopkeepers open their shops in the morning and by afternoon are still waiting for customers to come. This is a continuation of the regular economic impact of the occupation, as shops have, for years, been forced to close by Israeli occupation forces, and many have seen the decline of a once thriving economic centre.