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Claire Gounon
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Israel's Miss Holocaust Survivor pageant returns after halted by pandemic
by Claire Gounon - November 19, 2021 - 11:42am
This year's Miss Holocaust Survivor was held just weeks before Israel hosts the Miss Universe pageant in the southern resort city of Eilat, and there are similarities. 
Fully vaccinated? Israel is now open to tourists
by Claire Gounon - November 2, 2021 - 3:17pm
Israel opened up to vaccinated visitors Monday after 20 months of closure, with Jews and Palestinians reliant on tourism voicing cautious hope the pandemic's economic devastation will gradually ease.
Pope Francis kicks off Christmas celebrations with midnight Mass
by Claire Gounon - December 25, 2019 - 9:51am
Pope Francis ushered in Christmas celebrations for the world's 1.3 billion Catholics on Tuesday, saying the celebration of Jesus's birth reminded humanity how "God continues to love us all, even the worst of us...
Mysterious artist Banksy unveils dark nativity in Bethlehem
by Claire Gounon - December 24, 2019 - 4:02pm
A manger scene juxtaposed against concrete blocks seemingly pierced by a mortar shell: with Christmas looming, the latest Bethlehem offering by secretive artist Banksy appeared Saturday in the Israeli-occupied West...
At Christmas, Bethlehem says denied full gifts of tourism
by Claire Gounon - December 23, 2019 - 10:27am
Less than an hour after a group of Indian tourists arrive at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, they exit smiling, directly board their bus and head back to Jerusalem.
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