Babies need permits to celebrate Palm Sunday
As Christians worldwide commemorate Palm Sunday, Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Palestinian Christians are required to get special permits to allow them into the Holy City. I, a Palestinian Christian, am used to seeing and holding a permit during Christmas and Easter but what I’m not used to seeing is a permit for a baby.
I immediately took of photo of the permit and I thought “speak now, or forever hold your peace”. If we, Christians of the Holy Land, do not stand up and defend our rights to enter Jerusalem just like Jesus Christ did, then our children and grandchildren will never have the chance of even walking in the Old City. If a child needs a permit now, the worst is yet to come.
Therefore, I call on all Christians in the West Bank to refuse this and to act.
And as an act of condemnation, I hereby declare that I’m boycotting Israel and I will not go to Jerusalem with a permit. I have the right to be in east Jerusalem, which is part of Palestine, without a permit.