In photos: Christian pilgrims mark Palm Sunday in Jerusalem

In photos: Christian pilgrims mark Palm Sunday in Jerusalem

Jerusalem : Israel | Apr 01, 2012 at 12:22 PM PDT
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In photos: Christian pilgrims mark Palm Sunday in Jerusalem1

Thousands of Christians from all over the world gathered to walk the procession from Jerusalem's Mount of Olives to the Old City on Sunday, while Palestinians scouts marched to commemorate the day, one week before the Catholic Church celebrates Easter.

Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four canonical Gospels. (Mark 11:1--11, Matthew 21:1--11, Luke 19:28--44, and John 12:12--19).

A service was also held in Bethlehem’s Nativity Church, built atop Jesus’ traditional birthplace.

Palestinian Christians called on the international community to end Israel's annexation of Jerusalem.

Israel annexed East Jerusalem after a 1967 war, in a move never recognized by the international community. Palestinians must seek permits from Israeli authorities to enter the city.

Israeli policies are "an assault on more than 2000 years of Christian history in the Holy Land for it disconnects, for the first time in history, the holy cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem," Shaath said in a statement.

Israel's occupation pushes Palestinian Christians to emigrate, "threatening the fabric of our society," he said.

"Palestinian Christians are not a minority but an integral part of the Palestinian people, whose contributions to our national struggle, art, culture, and civil society are invaluable."

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Hundreds of Christian pilgrims mark Palm Sunday in Jerusalem
Catholic clergy carrying palm fronds during the Palm Sunday procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City April 1, 2012. Reuters
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