Sunday, March 28, 2010

Israeli Army Assaults & Arrests Palestinians Protesting Restrictions on Worship in Occupied Jerusalem

Palm Sunday detainees still in Israeli custody

Bethlehem – Ma'an – Israel detained 11 Palestinians in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sunday, amid protests over restrictions preventing Christians from performing religious rites in Jerusalem over Easter.

Dozens of protesters, joined by international peace activists and Muslim supporters, took to the streets after Sunday prayers held for the Christian holiday of Palm Sunday in the Nativity Church.

Participants performed the symbolic march of Jesus Christ to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, carrying palm branches and banners denouncing Israel's wall and continued settlement expansion...(read More)

Israel enforces Al-Aqsa restrictions

Jerusalem - Ma'an - Israeli forces imposed tightened entry restrictions for Palestinians into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, banning men under 50 from access.

The move follows an increase in security procedures on the even of the Jewish Passover. Residents living beside the compound, known in Arabic as Al-Haram Al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) told Ma'an that Israeli border police shut down the gates leading into the compound...(read more)

Clashes at checkpoint near Jerusalem

Clashes between Israeli border police and Palestinian Christias and Muslism worshippers as they tried to pass a checkpoint to go to Jerusalem for Palm Sunday....

Holy Fire Saturday Demonstration in Bethlehem 28 March 2010

Palestinian Christians tried to celebrate the Holy Fire Saturday in Jerusalem by crossing the car gate of the checkpoint "300" in Bethlehem

Palm Sunday protest in Bethlehem 28.03.2010:

"Around 200 Palestinians, Israelis and internationals walk from the Nativity Square to the direction of Jerusalem, against the restrictions imposed by the Israelis especially restrictions on the right to worship and freedom of movement as many Christians will not be able to go to Jerusalem to celebrate Easter in Jerusalem. The crowd managed to outnumber and surprise the Israeli soldiers and security forces at Bethlehem checkpoint and managed to walk through. After having walked 300 meters on the road to Jerusalem, they were stopped by Israeli soldiers. After having declared the march over and as they were walking back to Bethlehem, Israeli soldiers attacked the crowd and violently arrested around 15 persons, among them a Palestinian cameran, an Israeli photographers, members of the popular committee from Al Ma'sara, and staff from Holy Trust."

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