Sunday, July 10, 2011

Protest in Bethlehem/Jerusalem Checkpoint

Following the meeting in Aida Refugee Camp where the International visitors watched a short documentary regarding the history of the camp, the visitors along with some Palestinians walked to the Bethlehem/Jerusalem checkpoint, protesting against the occupation.

Upon the arrival to the destination, while chanting, ‘We are all Palestinians’, the soldiers refused to open the gate. When asked whether they were scared to open the gate by a young French protestor, the soldier answered, “this is not a door, but it is protection.” The protestors continued to chant while knocking on the gate. A short speech was made by Mazen Al Azzah, thanking the internationals for their support and reiterating that this ethnic cleansing and apartheid issue is of everyone’s concern. 

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