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Santa Claus rides a camel in Jerusalem (6 images)

By Wade Sheridan

Palestinian Christian Issa Kassissieh dresses as Santa Claus on the Mount of Olives overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday. Kassissieh is the only accredited Santa Claus in Israel and hopes his presence will bring joy to children.



Palestinian Christian Issa Kassissieh, dressed as Santa Claus, rides a camel on the Mount of Olives overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, on December 4, 2023. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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Kassissieh is kicking off the Christmas season in the midst of the Israel-Gaza war. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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Kassissieh is the only accredited Santa Claus in Israel and hopes his presence will bring joy to children. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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Kassissieh carries a bag of toys. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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