From (Fr. Raed Abu Sahlia website)
Palm Sunday in Jerusalem
April 13, 2003

Yesterday the Patriarch presided the Palm Sunday mass at the Basilica of the Holy sepulcher and walked in the procession of the afternoon from Beitfage to the Church of St. Anne’s in the Old City. He wanted it to be a March of “Prayer and repentance for Peace”. Some thousand people walked the three kilometers procession while usually at least 15 to 20 thousand used to participate. This is due to the closure of Jerusalem, therefore all the local Palestinian Christians from all our parishes didn’t and couldn’t go to Jerusalem; the lake and the absence of the pilgrims for the third consecutive years since the beginning of the Intifada… Even during this Holy week the roads of Jerusalem are empty, and the Holy Places are almost deserted.