Wed 15 Mar 2023 9:30 pm - Jerusalem Time

1,500 Palestinian security personnel were deployed to Bethlehem during Biden's visit

Bethlehem - "Jerusalem" dot com - Najeeb Farraj - The spokesman for the Palestinian police, Colonel Louay Ireziqat, stated that 1,500 Palestinian security men will participate in securing the visit of US President Joe Biden to the city of Bethlehem, including 600 Palestinian policemen.

Erziqat stressed that police and security measures will be taken, such as closing some streets through which the convoy passes, preventing parking in these streets, and preventing tourist movement in the Nativity Square and Church throughout the visit and limiting it to visiting tourist places in the city of Beit Sahour.

Palestinian activists published in the streets of the city of Bethlehem pictures of the late colleague Sherine Abu Aqelah, screens and banners confirming the racism of Israel.

For his part, Muhammad al-Masri, secretary of the Fatah movement in Bethlehem, who participated in the reception of President Mahmoud Abbas upon his arrival in the city this Thursday evening, said that all the personalities in the governorate who received the president put before him and Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh the same vision, to the effect that the visit was sidelined. The Palestinian side is clearly a visit in favor of Israel, and Badin dealt with the Israeli side as a bridge, nothing more, nothing less.

Al-Masri added, in an interview with Al-Quds correspondent, "Many issues need to be discussed with the American side, including the issue of the martyr Sherine Abu Aqelah, and the issue of those deported from the Church of the Nativity."

Al-Masri added, "Despite the great rejection of the American position, the Palestinian side does not have the right to receive it in order to preserve international protocols, and this does not prevent us from presenting our position clearly to it."


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1,500 Palestinian security personnel were deployed to Bethlehem during Biden's visit