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Published Monday 17/03/2014 (updated) 17/03/2014 13:07
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Thousands of people surrounded Jerusalem's Old City from Bab al-Khalil (Jaffa Gate) to Bab al-Asbat (Lions' Gate) on Sunday in a defiant action marking a reading day celebration.

The Shabab al-Balad initiative organized the event in which people from Jerusalem, Palestinian-Israelis, and some people from the West Bank gathered to read simultaneously.

Hundreds of others in Bethlehem, al-Ram, al-Ismailiya in Egypt, and Amman in Jordan participated.

Shabal al-Balad director Hussam Uliyyan said the goal of the action to circle the Old City was meant to empower the steadfastness of Jerusalem residents in uniting Palestinian culture.

Ulayyan added that the initiative had no political affiliations.

Abu Nidal, a participant in the action, said that “everyone should constantly ask themselves, 'What have I done for Jerusalem? What can I do so Jerusalem can live through its sons and stand in the face of struggle?'"

He added: "This city needs such cultural activities."

Marwan Abu Sneineh, 25, another participant, said these readers were a first line of defense for Jerusalem.

“Tourists and Jewish people who come from Europe and America will see the true face of Jerusalem today,” he said.

Israeli special forces and mounted police dispersed a protest that followed the event. They fired stun grenades, arrested a young man, and left seven others bruised.










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1 ) Johnny benson / USA
17/03/2014 01:34
A lot of good it's going to do for them..but I am impressed that they all can read..

2 ) Marie Black / US
17/03/2014 04:32
Multicultural events in Jerusalem can enlighten youth, to see many perspectives of the One God throughout history. Abraham is the father of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Al Aqsa's Rock held the Ark of the Covenant, God's amplifier and conductor for Pillars of Fire, and miracles of every sort. Live peacefully, equally. Establish unity quickly. Let the Queen return and negotiate.

3 ) oli felisteen / U.S.A
17/03/2014 04:58
I am proud of the action, we can demonstrate through reading while encouraging our children to read

4 ) Bustingears / USA
17/03/2014 06:05
@1 ... "but I am impressed that they all can read" . Rest assured comrade, they are more intelligent and educated than you will ever be.

5 ) Tom / USA
17/03/2014 19:05
This is a brilliant action. It is high profile visual, contradicts the demonization of Palestinians, and is very difficult to attack with force..because people are reading. All of the people who are barred from entering Al-Aqsa should do this every friday. Bravo!

6 ) Um Muhammed / France
17/03/2014 23:52
...“Tourists and Jewish people who come from Europe and America will see the true face of Jerusalem today,” he said... - They certainly will, as opposed to the other face, which fires stun grenades at protesters, arrests & beats them.
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