Dozens of Christian and Muslim Palestinians gathered yesterday in front of the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, south of the West Bank, to protest against Israeli violence at the Al- Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
The participants lifted banners demanding Israel remove all obstacles it had installed outside the entrance to Al-Aqsa Mosque.
"Today we stand in front of the Nativity Church, the cradle of Jesus Christ to say there is no difference between Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. There is no difference between the gates of Al-Aqsa and the gates of the churches of the Holy Sepulchre and the Nativity," said Jalal Barham, spokesman for the Arab Orthodox Youth Caucus.
"We affirm that we are one people, and our history is one – Muslim and Christian, our people will not accept [this]. We will continue to fight for the freedom and dignity of our Islamic and Christian sanctities," he added.
Palestinians in Jerusalem have refused to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque for the eighth day in a row to protest the metal detectors Israeli police installed at the entrance last week.