(Photo: Reuters)

(Photo: Reuters)

By Tovah Lazaroff - December 25, 2018

1. Christians in the Holy Land are a very small minority group of 175,000 comprising 2 percent of the population.

2. Christmas is a regular work day in Israel. Banks, government offices, stores are all open. So no problem doing last minute Christmas shopping, it’s just the wrapping paper that is scarce.

3. Most Holy Land Christians, 77%, are Arab. In 2017, 597 Falash Mura Christians immigrated from Ethiopia to Israel, juicing up the population numbers of 2.2 percent.

4. Some 71% of Christians live in northern Israel. The latest number of Christian Arab community, (22,100) is in Nazareth. The second largest is in Haifa, with some 15,00 people and the third, with 12,800 people, is in Jerusalem.

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