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Israel: Protesters Try To Break Through Bethlehem Checkpoint


Palestinians and international activists in Bethlehem on Sunday tried to force their way through a checkpoint separating the West Bank city from Jerusalem.

Among the protesters were activists who were onboard the so-called “flytilla” that arrived Friday at Ben Gurion International Airport.

Israeli soldiers prevented protesters from accessing the area and threatening to shoot anyone who approached the checkpoint, one of the main terminals connecting the occupied West Bank with Jerusalem.

Lawmaker Mustafa Barghouthi demanded the release of the more than 100 activists still held by Israel over their involvement in the “flytilla.”

“Israel has widened its circle of repression to include not only the Palestinians but [their] international supporters” as well, Barghouthi said.

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