Christians Commence Easter Celebrations in Palestine

BETHLEHEM, May 4, 2013 (WAFA) – Palestinian Christians Saturday commenced celebrations of the Holy Saturday in preparation for Easter which coincides on Sunday.

An official celebration will be held to receive the Holy Fire at the Church of the Nativity in the presence of officials and religious leaders.

Deputy Mayor of Bethlehem Issam Juha said Bethlehem celebrates this religious holiday while the Israeli blockade and the Apartheid Wall continue to be present.

He said that Palestinians trust that this light will bring hope, “We tell the world that the time has come to achieve Palestinians’ rights.”

Juha expressed dismay of the Israeli measures to prevent celebrants from reaching the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem which he claims to be “a living proof of the Israeli arrogance”.

He said that only a small number of people were given permits to cross into Jerusalem.

Source: WAFA News