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Thousands of Palestinians marched to Gaza’s border with Israel earlier Friday to protest the long-standing blockade of the enclave. A UN political official said the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that 15 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,000 were injured, including by teargas suffocation” (UN, March 30, 2018).

As Deutsche Welle reports: “Israel denies Easter travel permits to Gaza Christians Date 30.03.2018 On Good Friday, hundreds of pilgrims retraced the last journey of Jesus in the Old City of Jerusalem. Many Christians in Gaza, however, are still waiting for permits to take part in the Easter festivities….” Read the article here: http://www.dw.com/en/israel-denies-easter-travel-permits-to-gaza-christians/a-43198714 (Those that are Orthodox Christians have until next week, because they follow the old calendar.)

Many American Christians appear not to know that there are Palestinian Christians and fail to give them needed support. Palestinian Christians “number 6–7% of the 12 million Palestinians…. In 2009, there were an estimated 50,000 Christians in the Palestinian territories, mostly in the West Bank, with about 3,000 in the Gaza Striphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_Christians

UN News Release:
30 March 2018
Peace and Security
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for an independent and transparent investigation into clashes at the Gaza fence on Friday between Palestinians participating in the ‘Great Return March’ and Israeli security forces which resulted in at least 15 deaths and a large number of injured.

The UN chief’s call for a probe came as the Security Council convened an emergency meeting so its members could be briefed on the deadly incidents.

Thousands of Palestinians marched to Gaza’s border with Israel earlier Friday to protest the long-standing blockade of the enclave. A UN political official said the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that 15 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,000 were injured, including by teargas suffocation.

A statement issued by a UN spokesman said the Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the reports of the deadly clashes and the he appealed to those concerned to refrain from any act that could lead to further casualties, particularly measures that could place civilians in harm’s way.

“This tragedy underlines the urgency of revitalizing the peace process aiming at creating the conditions for a return to meaningful negotiations for a peaceful solution that will allow Palestinians and Israelis to live side by side peacefully and in security,” the statement said, reaffirming the readiness of the United Nations to support the process.

Security Council Briefing
Meanwhile, Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, the deputy UN political affairs chief, told the Security Council that around 30,000 people participated in and around the March at various locations in Gaza. Soon after the demonstrations started, the situation turned deadly in several spots.

Some of the casualties were reportedly the result of live ammunition used by Israeli security forces during the March. Other casualties followed armed clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, including the shelling of a Hamas observation point.

Mr. Zerihoun, who is the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said reports indicate that most of the demonstrators stayed well away from the border fence and were not violent.

“However, there are also reports that some protestors engaged in stone-throwing and violent behavior; some reportedly carrying weapons,” he added….” Emphasis our own. Read the rest here: https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/03/1006341

Israeli PM “Netanyahu again faces Israeli police in corruption probe
Date 26.03.2018 Police have questioned Benjamin Netanyahu in one of several graft cases that could topple his government. This is the ninth time that the prime minister has been questioned in cases directly or indirectly linked to him….
http://www.dw.com/en/netanyahu-again-faces-israeli-police-in-corruption-probe/a-43131259

Note: As has been pointed out, the word Easter has its roots in the Germanic pagan goddess of the dawn. Thus, Resurrection Sunday should be more properly Christian, though neither widely used nor understood: https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/31/126-resurrection-sunday. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter#Etymology. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ēostre On the other hand, the visit to Jesus’ tomb was at dawn: “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” Matthew 28:1 So, Easter could be reinterpreted for Christians.

NB: The Holman Bible used by the equipping blog is a Southern Baptist translation. We use public domain translations to the extent that the meaning is good enough. Translations do matter in many instances. (Holman would not be our first choice for reasons which are beyond the current scope of this blog and don’t matter in this context.) It should go without saying that the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs are pagan fertility symbols for spring.