Against the Muslim persecution of Christians in Palestine?
Don’t be silly. The protest is against something much more important, something discriminatory: Israeli travel permits for Easter.
Christians call for protest against Israeli travel permits for Easter.
Holy Land Christians are calling on their religious leaders to protest against the travel permit system imposed by Israel during Easter celebrations.
The situation is complicated in 2010 by the overlapping of Easter with the Jewish feast of the Passover.
“Any system which assigns entry permits to Easter celebrations necessarily denies the rest of the faithful their rights of participation in these religious events,” they wrote in a letter that has been circulated during the month of March.
Some 103 Christian lay leaders and 21 Christian organizations of all denominations, including the Near East Council of Churches, Gaza and Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees, Sabeel, the YMCA-Jerusalem, Bethlehem Bible College, Norwegian Church Aid and Arab Orthodox Society, signed the document.
Like all West Bank Palestinians, Christians must have permits to travel to Jerusalem.
“This is further proof of the inherently discriminatory nature of the denial of the basic rights to religious observance”.