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Israeli Troops Attack Palm Sunday Protest In Bethlehem, Detain 15 Including Two Journalists
By Ghassan Bannoura

Fifteen people, including two journalists, were detained by Israeli troops and police officers when the police attacked a Palm Sunday protest near Bethlehem.

Palestinians, along with international and Israeli supporters, gathered at the Church on Nativity in Bethlehem city, southern West Bank, and carried Palm leaves and flags, and headed towards the gate of the Annexation Wall separating Bethlehem from Jerusalem city.

The protesters demanded their right of warship. Israeli only allowed a limited number of Christian Palestinians to reach Jerusalem for the Easter week starting this Sunday.

At the gate of the wall, protesters marched forward and managed to pass the military checkpoint and entered Jerusalem. After crossing the roadblock, troops and police officers attacked the protesters and detained fifteen among them a Palestinian and an Israeli journalist.

Abbas Zakki, a senior official of Fateh movement, was among those detained. In total three Israeli activists and one American were also detained by the Israeli military.

Later on, soldiers forced people back to the wall and detained all the protesters and journalists between the wall and the gate of the wall until the soldiers opened the gate of the wall and allowed people back into Bethlehem city. Troops used batons and rifle-butts to bush people through the gate.

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