In June 2017 it will be 50 years ago that Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza. There will be many activities across the West Bank and Gaza to commemorate the victims and voice a Palestinian protest against the ongoing occupation.
AEI plans a full-day program on Monday June 5 along the Wall around Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem,
Blog from Bethlehem
The area is surrounded by imposing 9-meter high walls topped by barbed wire and cameras, and flanked by a watchtower. A closed iron gate constitutes the forbidden entry to Rachel’s Tomb, transformed by Isrrael into a military fortress. The modest dome over the tomb is just visible here. Most inhabitants have left the area years ago. Several closed garages are in a dilapidated state.