In this photo taken on Monday, Dec 17, 2012, Bethlehem’s first female mayor, Vera Baboun, walks out of her office in the West bank city of Bethlehem. Bethlehem’s first female mayor, Vera Baboun, ... more 
In this photo taken on Monday, Dec 17, 2012, Bethlehem’s first female mayor, Vera Baboun, walks out of her office in the West bank city of Bethlehem. Bethlehem’s first female mayor, Vera Baboun, can’t walk through the main square of the biblical town without being stopped by admirers.“This is our new mayor, who is turning Bethlehem into one of the greatest cities in the world,” a tour guide hollered to a group of Christian tourists passing by the Church of the Nativity, built over the grotto where tradition says Jesus was born. After seven years of Islamist Hamas control of Bethlehem that drained the town of international aid funds, Baboun, a Christian, and her colleagues from the more moderate Fatah Party hope to turn things around, starting with the Christmas season. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Majdi Mohammed
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 12:33 PM EST