Skip to comments.Israeli forces fire tear gas at Palestinian protesters in Bethlehem
Posted on 12/23/2017 10:06:03 PM PST by Eddie01
Israeli forces have once again clashed with Palestinians demonstrating against the new US policy on Jerusalem al-Quds in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
The Israeli soldiers used stun grenades and tear gas to disperse the protesters who had gathered outside an Israeli military tower in Bethlehem on Saturday.
Holding Palestinian flags, some of the demonstrators were dressed as Santa Claus.
Bethlehem resident Mohammad al-Lahham said the Santa costumes send a message to Palestinian children "that we are on the path to freedom, to Jerusalem. Papa Noel (Santa Claus) distributes gifts and the occupation distributes bombs today. These are the bombs that the Israeli occupation is distributing today, at Christmas."
At this time of year, Bethlehem is normally flooded by pilgrims and tourists from across the world as well as local Christians who want to celebrate Christmas Eve at the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ.
Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa said "dozens" of groups had cancelled their planned visits to Bethlehem after Washington's controversial decision on Jerusalem al-Quds that sparked violence in the occupied territories.
"Of course this created a tension around Jerusalem and this diverted attention from Christmas," he added.
There have been regular anti-US protests by Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since December 6, when US President Donald Trump declared that Washington recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of Israel and moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.
The dramatic shift in Washingtons Jerusalem al-Quds policy drew fierce criticism from the international community, including Washington's Western allies, and triggered protests against the US and Israel worldwide.
On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly voted by a resounding majority to reject Trump's Jerusalem al-Quds move.
Israel lays claim to the whole Jerusalem al-Quds, but the international community views the ancient citys eastern sector as occupied land and the Palestinians consider it their future capital.
Pro-Palestine demo in Germany
Separately on Saturday, scores of pro-Palestinian protesters condemned Trump's recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as the Israeli "capital" in the central German city of Gottingen.
They chanted slogans, waved Palestinian flags and held signs reading, "There is no country called Israel in order [for it] to have a capital."
It’s not al-Quds, it’s Jerusalem. Muslims think by changing the name of something they’ve conquered once, it’s theirs forever. Like with Constantinople, or Spain, or Persia. Persia was actually named Iran, “land of the Aryans”, to appease Hitler.
Yeah, they wanted the Nazis to know that they were on their side in WWII.
I always wondered why Persia became Iran. I thought maybe the Greeks beat the Persia out of them.
It’s gone through a lot of name changes since ancient history, actually. After Alexander the Great kicked the snot out of them, it was just part of the Seleucid Empire.
30% of Palistians are Christian
It used to be closer to 50% not that long ago. A lot have fled because it’s the Muslims who have all the power. They control the government, the terrorist groups, and get the funding from Iran and Syria (and Obama).
Isn't that idolatry? Shouldn't they behead themselves or something for that?
Press TV is the official Iranian “news” network
The fakestinians are a Satanic curse on humanity. To HELL with them !! Hopefully very soon
[taken from the Press TV webpage:]
Press TV takes revolutionary steps as the first Iranian international news network, broadcasting in English on a round-the-clock basis.
Our global Tehran-based headquarters is staffed with outstanding Iranian and foreign media professionals.
Press TV is extensively networked with bureaus located in the world's most strategic cities.
So just what point of view would anyone expect from an IRANIAN news network? Pro Israel?
Merry muslim Christmas!
This year from Jerusalem
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Oh, no, tear gas. I see another UN resolution before the year is out.
The Israeli forces would have been better off using live ammo, rather than tear gas.
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