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CCJ notes with concern that Christians in Gaza will not be permitted to visit Bethlehem for worship this Christmas for the first time. We recognise the importance of Israeli security concerns.  At the same time, freedom of worship is essential for faith communities and it is particularly important for Christians to pray and visit the site of the birth of Jesus Christ at one of the holiest times in the Christian calendar. We have raised this issue with the Israel Embassy who have expressed their understanding of the importance of this issue and are communicating with the relevant bodies in Israel to see what can be done.