Roughly 100 people march on a checkpoint in Bethlehem to protest the occupation and mark Christmas. Israeli forces respond by pepper-spraying and teargassing the demonstrators.
Text by Oren Ziv. Photos by Oren Ziv, Keren Manor and Shahaf Polakow
Around 100 members of the Palestinian Popular Committees marched towards one of Bethlehem’s main checkpoints on Friday to protest the occupation.
The demonstration was also held to mark Christmas, with some of the protesters dressed as Santa Claus.
Private security forces on the scene, who were not expecting the demonstration, pepper-sprayed the protesters.
Border Police officers arrived a few minutes later and started pushing the demonstrators back using tear gas and shock grenades.
Around six people were injured, including five journalists.