Commission for The Washington Post
Author: Ruth Eglash
Photo Editor: Chloe Coleman
Photos for a story about the Holy Land's Father Christmas, played by Issa Kassissieh, an Arab-Christian and former professional basketball player, who is thought to be Jerusalem’s only Santa Claus. For over a decade, Kassissieh has been donning out his father’s old Santa suit, becoming an annual fixture around the Christian Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem. He has turned the first floor of his 700-year-old house into Santa's House and was recently fully ordained as Santa Claus. According to him, he is the only one in Israel and perhaps even in the Middle East.
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