Palestinian Christians met to discuss the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

On Friday 20 May, a group of Palestinian Christians living in Jerusalem met at the Notre Dame Hotel to discuss how the city has changed since the killing of the journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by the Israeli military. Shireen was a Palestinian, American, and Christian. Her funeral was the largest funeral held in Jerusalem in modern history. About 15,000 to 20,000 people participated despite the many restrictions imposed by the Israeli government.

Throughout history, the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem have always felt that the occupying powers – the Romans, Ottomans, British, or Israelis – have imposed a policy of divide and conquer. Shireen’s death has immediately unified the whole city and country. Palestinians feel a new spirit of determination and hope.