Israeli settlements squeezing Palestinian tourism, officials say

December 12, 2014 2:14 PM

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Israeli settlements squeezing Palestinian tourism, officials say

HERODIUM, West Bank (Reuters) - Standing on the monumental hillside south of Bethlehem where King Herod the Great was buried more than 2,000 years ago, Fadi Kattan stretches out his arm to point out the nearby Israeli settlements of Tekoa and Nokdim.

"That's part of the problem," says Kattan, a Palestinian tourism expert, explaining the obstacles hindering the growth of the local industry in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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