Bethlehem governor condemns Israeli attempts to prevent pope from visiting Refugee Camp
Israel’s attempts to prevent Pope Benedict XVI from visiting Aida Refugee Camp during his visit to Bethlehem are proof the country wants to hide its “repressive practices against Palestinians” from the Holy Father, Governor of Bethlehem Salah At-Ta’mari said Friday.
Israeli troops stormed Aida camp Thursday night and raided a meeting of the preparatory committee for the Papal visit. Committee members were harassed and questioned then informed that because the camp is in Area C – i.e. under Israeli civil and military control – that organizers must get a special permit to hold celebrations for the pope.
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