Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Palm Sunday Protest in Bethlehem against Israeli occupation

A Palm Sunday nonviolent direct action
To the Bethlehem Checkpoint

For Immediate Release
On Palm Sunday, March 20, 2005, the local community of Bethlehem area, joined by international visitors will march from Bethlehem to Jerusalem celebrating Palm Sunday.
Since 1990, Palestinian Christians and Muslims are prohibited from entering Jerusalem which deprives them the basic right to worship in the Holy City.
It is expected that the procession will be intercepted by the Israeli army, at the military checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
The procession will attempt to go through the checkpoint despite the interception. Marchers will walk with donkeys and carry palm branches resembling the entry of Jesus to the holy City 2000 years ago.
Marchers will carry signs calling for freedom of worship, demanding free access to Jerusalem, and stop land confiscation and wall constructions.
Gathering will be at the Nativity Square at 11:30 after the Sunday mass, and then procession will go through the city of Bethlehem to the northern entrance of the city.
For more information:
Husam Jubran : 059-674996 or 02-2765930
E-mail: husam@holylandtrust.org
George Rishmawi: 059-676090 or 02-277-2018
E-mail: george@palsolidarity.org

George RishmawiDirector,Travel and Encounter ProgramHoly Land Trust#529 Manger StreetBethlehem, PalestineTel: + 972 2 276 5930Fax: + 972 2 276 5931Email: encounter@holylandtrust.orgWebsite: www.holylandtrust.orgMobile: 059 674 995http://profiles.yahoo.com/abusaliba