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Christmas / Bethlehem / Wise Men's Trip #88333

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 24, 1984
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(Studio) Report on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, Israeli-occupied West Bank.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

(Bethlehem, Occupied West Bank) Celebrations in Bethlehem described. Visitors from Jerusalem mentioned. Israeli Prime Min. Shimon Peres said 1st Israeli prime minister to come to reception given by Bethlehem Mayor Elias Freij, noted to be Christian mayor of mostly Muslim town in Israeli-occupied territory. [FREIJ - asks Israeli government, Jordan and PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) to search sincerely for peace to solve problems of Palestinian people and Arab-Israeli conflict.] Mary and Jesus mentioned, as well as Church of the Nativity.
REPORTER: Bob Zelnick

(Studio) Figures given with regard to what it would cost "three wise men" to travel from Babylon, south of Baghdad, Iraq, to Bethlehem, going through Jordan, Syria and Cyprus to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Present-day cost of gifts they took stated. Films and graphics shown. Mentioned in report are Gospel According to Matthew, Fifth Ave. in New York City, Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and Saint Hilda's and Saint Hugh's Schools.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

Threlkeld, Richard;
Zelnick, Bob

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