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Nativities from West Bank

West Bank Nativity

(Actual Nativities in Sets may vary in size, shape and color due to being hand-crafted.)

Carved Bethlehem Nativity Item Sku: 43139

Carved Bethlehem Nativity

Maintaining the natural bark of the olive wood tree on the back of this nativity emphasizes the hand-carved nature of the piece. The petite figures inside feature etched detailing.
2 .5"h x 4.5"w x 2"d



Silent Night Nativity Item Sku: 43141

Silent Night Nativity

The beautiful grain of olive wood is highlighted in this handsomely carved nativity scene. Perfect for a desk or tabletop.
3.5"h x 4"w x 2"d



Nativity holy family Item Sku: 2702000

Nativity holy family

w/stand and 3 stars olive wood 5Lx3.5Wx8H natural
Made in West Bank



Olive wood creche set Set of 11 Item Sku: 2745420

Olive wood creche set Set of 11

Made in West Bank



Hand Carved Olive Wood Set of 11 Item Sku: 43105

Smooth Carved West Bank Nativity

Hand Carved Olive Wood 11pc, up to 5" H
Made in West Bank



Nativities from West Bank

The West Bank is located west of the Jordan River between the State of Israel and Jordan. It is difficult to talk about this part of the world without offending someone. Ten Thousand Villages describes the place where our artisans work as the West Bank because that is the geographical location where they live. Sometimes referred to as Israeli-occupied West Bank, this area is home to Palestinians and a number of Jewish settlers.
Ninety-two percent of the population in West Bank is Muslim and the remaining 8 percent are Christian. United in their Palestinian heritage, Palestinian Muslims and Christians live together in relative peace. Living in the West Bank is not peaceful, however, as tensions between Palestinians and Israelis continue to escalate and violence is common. Suicide and vehicle bombings have killed numbers of Israelis and Palestinians in the recent past.
Traditional foods in this part of the world include mansef (rice, lamb, yogurt, bread and nuts), mosakhan (bread with fried onions and chicken on top) and waraq dawalee (stuffed grape leaves). Arabic, English and Hebrew are widely spoken throughout the West Bank. Education is mandatory in the West Bank and children are required to attend school from age 6 to 18. Although public schools lack space, materials and teachers, education is highly valued.