Christians face troubles in the Old City during Easter 2013 festivities

Some pretty disturbing videos showing some of the tension during Easter 2013 celebrations in the Old City, Jerusalem.

Christians denied entry at the New Gate. Violence erupts:

The clip below shows an Orthodox priest being roughly handled by Israeli soldiers in the Old City. It speaks for itself:

This one is from Al Jazeera and is in Arabic, but definitely conveys some of the chaos:

A drama-free one, showing Christian Palestinian celebration in Bethlehem:

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Happy Orthodox Easter 2013!! And memories of Easter in Jerusalem

Some videos I took from my 2011 Easter experience in Jerusalem. I’ll never forget the intensity of the crowds, how frighteningly packed it was, the energy all around… Definitely an experience to say the least!

This clip below on the Ethiopian lighting of the fire doesn’t have great resolution, but it still conveys the energy and vibe of the moment!