19 April 2014

Palestinian Christians 'bitter and left out' of Easter celebrations

Palestinian Christians 'bitter and left out' of Easter celebrations, by Dalia Hatuqa (Al Jazeera America, 19 April 2014)

"It is not fair," said Rand Tawasha, a 21-year-old student from Birzeit University, near Ramallah, referring to Israeli restrictions on movement that often prohibit Christians' access to holy sites in nearby Jerusalem. The Holy City has been out of bounds for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 1967, when Israel defied international law to occupy and effectively annex East Jerusalem, home to the city’s most sacred sites. Today, Palestinians’ only means to reach the city is through a special permit issued by Israeli authorities.