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Israeli forces fire tear gas at Christian pilgrims in al-Eizariya
Published Saturday 19/04/2014 (updated) 20/04/2014 21:59
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Christian pilgrims suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation on Friday after Israeli troops fired tear gas canisters as they performed religious rites at the Tomb of Lazarus in al-Eizariya in East Jerusalem.

Israeli soldiers reportedly refused to stop firing tear gas canisters despite the presence of pilgrims after clashes had broken out between local youths and Israeli forces in the area.

Witnesses told Ma'an that a tour guide who was escorting the pilgrims asked an Israeli officer to stop firing tear gas canisters until pilgrims left, but the officer continued to fire. The pilgrims had to take shelter in a souvenir shop before they could complete their prayers.

The owner of the souvenir shop also tried to convince the Israeli officer to stop firing tear gas so that the pilgrims could leave, but instead the officer "asked a soldier to fire tear gas canisters at the church and at the pilgrims," witnesses added.

An Israeli military spokeswoman did not have any information regarding the incident.

The village of al-Eizariya houses the Tomb of Lazarus who, according to the Bible, was miraculously brought back to life by Jesus days after he was buried.










Separately, fierce clashes broke out Friday between Israeli troops and young men in al-Eizariya and Abu Dis, a local spokesman told Ma'an.

Hani Halabiya, a spokesman of local popular committees in East Jerusalem added that a young man sustained minor wounds after he was hit by a rubber-coated steel bullet.

He added that Israeli troops stationed themselves inside a Muslim cemetery and fired at the Palestinian protestors. They also tried to ambush protestors in the cemetery.
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1 ) Sander / The Netherlands
19/04/2014 12:20
Isra?li soldiers stationed at - and firing from a cemetry at Palestininan civillians is a non-moral , inhuman act of violance. Shame on you Israel !

2 ) Mel / USA
19/04/2014 16:10
Thanks so much Jewish-Zionist &Christian-Zionist bigots,for treating my fellow Palestinian Christians with so much courtesy,respect&love,as they try to worship,along with Palestine's Muslims,in the PLURALISTIC MONOTHEISTIC Holy Land,on our special holiday to honor the prophet Jesus(a Jew)! How dare 2 BILLION Christians&Muslims to try to disrupt fringe-Zionism's Absolutist,supremacist,Judeo-Nazi passover of pogroms,hatred&revenge upon all non-Jews. "Do unto others...",Israel!We're watching you!!

3 ) Tibi / Tubas
19/04/2014 16:11
Palestinian clashers used Palestinian pilgrims as human-shields, just as Hamas used Palestinian civilians as human-shields (both are war crimes), but "Israeli soldiers firing tear gas canisters after clashes" broke-out is not.

4 ) Arnold / Canada
19/04/2014 17:37
why didn't the pilgrims ask the palestinian youth to stop

5 ) Peter / Canada
19/04/2014 20:13
Thanks for revealing yet another example of Israeli Occupation brutality. They protect Settler stone throwers while killing peaceful demonstrators. It's good for westerners to get a brief taste of this. Those western Christians and Jews who've worked in the West Bank and Gaza report that this is the rule rather than the exception.

6 ) Bre / USA
19/04/2014 20:37
Why were Israeli soldiers on occupied Palestinian land. The presence of a foreign soldier wielding weapons in your village should warrant a few stones, if not more. Obviously, no soldier and there wouldn't have been any problems.

7 ) Maureen / Australia
19/04/2014 20:48
Manipulating, conniving Zionist bigots are the ones who constantly provoke rebellion by Palestinian youth to Zionist elitist, racist thuggery! For sure, the Zionist bigots would have delighted in showing their imagined superiority to Christian pilgrims!

8 ) AbdulQ / Canada
19/04/2014 21:46
Islamic agitators exist in Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Yemen and Afghanistan. They leave chaos, oppression and hatred in their path.

9 ) Arnold / Canada
19/04/2014 22:13
Instigators continually attempting to put the chaos on the IDF. Well the IDF would not need to fire tear gas if the rabble rousers would not rabble rouse. Could they not take a Good Friday break to help their Christian brothers and sisters celebrate and worship. Another example of Arab Muslims caring nothing for others.

10 ) ian / australia
20/04/2014 12:40
Why are there soldiers causing havoc in al-Eizariya anyway? Do Jews feel strangely left out of a site with a tomb sacred to Christians and Muslims which they can't claim as their own? Or are they ginned up on Passover and the vision of the savage tribal deity of the Israelites and the great extermination of Arabs (the first-born of Egypt) they've been celebrating? I mean, WHY are they there? Firing tear gas at a Christian tour group? What's in Bethany anyway? They don't believe Jesus raised

11 ) ian / australia
20/04/2014 12:41
(contd.) Lazarus from the dead. So what's there? Besides Palestinian youths who from bitter experience hate their guts and can be relied on to react to their menacing appearance by throwing rocks at them?

12 ) Colin Wright / USA
20/04/2014 20:59
To Arnold #9: ' Another example of Arab Muslims caring nothing for others.' Chutzpah points for Arnold! The IDF deliberately fires tear gas at pilgrims and at a church -- and it becomes 'another example of Arab Muslims' caring nothing for others.' Wouldn't it be fairer to say its 'another example of Jews caring nothing for others' -- or would that be flagrant bigotry?

13 ) Colin Wright / USA
20/04/2014 21:02
ian #11: 'Why are there soldiers causing havoc in al-Eizariya anyway?' Well there you go. Here's a project. Define evil. Now try to do it in such a way that the concept doesn't encompass Israel. I think that if evil is to be admitted to be real in the first place, Israel fits in it.

14 ) Colin Wright / USA
20/04/2014 21:04
To Tibi #3: 'Palestinian clashers used Palestinian pilgrims as human-shields, just as Hamas used Palestinian civilians as human-shields (both are war crimes)' Aside from the lack of any evidence, the absurd thing about the Zionist accusation that the Palestinians use civilians as 'human shields' is that the tactic could only work if Zionists had any compunction about killing civilians. Since they don't, why would the Palestinians bother with the tactic?

15 ) Colin Wright / USA
20/04/2014 21:09
Just looking at my own reactions in this, Israel's actual behavior didn't do much to further enrage me. Just the Zionists, bein' Zionists...ho hum. However, what DID fire up my engines, recharge my batteries, make me think about what I can do, etc was reading Tibi's, Arnold's, and 'AbdulQ's', obscene attempts to defend this. If these guys are trying to help build opposition to Israel, they're doing a great job.

16 ) Carol Scheller / Swotzer
25/04/2014 21:25
Great PR for the Israeli army abroad !
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