Palestinians try to enter Jerusalem on ‘Freedom Ride’


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Several Palestinians tried to enter Jerusalem on an Israeli bus from the West Bank.

The Palestinians and activists were attempting to draw attention to the restriction of freedom of movement of the Palestinians in a campaign that imitates the Freedom Rides of the U.S. civil rights movement. West Bank Palestinians are not allowed to enter eastern Jerusalem without special permits.

The Palestinian activists waited for nearly an hour near the West Bank settlement of Psagot until a bus stopped to pick up six of them; several other buses rode by without stopping.

The bus was stopped at a police roadblock near an entrance to Jerusalem. Two Palestinians were removed from the bus and the others refused to get off, Ynet reported.

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