Fate of Palestinian Christians who wanted to see the Pope in Jerusalem on May 25, 2014

Palestinian Christians who were trying to get a glimpse of the Pope  in occupied Jerusalem while he was passing by were beaten up by Israeli  police.  It included women, children and the disabled.  Several men  were arrested.  The church authorities arranged their meeting with the  Pope but the Israeli police shifted them to another portion of the  street, then accused them of blocking the street and cracked down on  them.  In a desperate letter to the Pope, Palestinian Christians  mentioned of their distress and how much they were longing to be  liberated.   But the Pope is apparently another stooge of Israel like  the rest of the Western leaders.   He was received in Ben-Gurion airport  by Shimon Peres and Binyamin Netanyahu with the usual protocol  including a full guard of honor and thus he was happy.  He didn't care a  rat's tail for those Christians who wanted to see or meet him but  instead were beaten up by the Israeli police. 

Until 1967  when Israel occupied East Jerusalem, there were 24,000 Palestinian  Christians living in Jerusalem.  Now there are less than 9,000.  Most of  them have left because of similar hardships faced by Palestinian  Muslims that include isolation and separation from their families  because of the apartheid wall, confiscation of properties, house  demolitions, denial of residency rights and restriction on movements.