Yesterday I went to Tel Aviv, to the Eretz Yisrael Museum, to visit the exhibition on Sir Ronald Storrs, who was in charge during a period of the British Mandate. To an observer like me he helped the Zionists establish their power structures, as well as making sure the Palestinians didn't do the same, except he was friendly with the undemocratic main families.
Anyway the exhibition is obviously mainly about his relationship with the Jewish structures, and therefore airbrushes out the Palestinian struggle. This is my limited knowledge opinion. It does show how the Zionists started to call for his removal, after they didn"t get everything completely their way. I will be posting photos, showing how he tried to maintain some cultural aspects, and create theatre groups etc.
So to today. I went out of my Hostel, in the old city, to find soldiers outside. They said I could pass, as did the next group, and the next. What none of them said was that I couldn't go back. So once I was out I couldn't get back in. There are hundreds of soldiers controlling the main Christian thoroughfares, Via Dolorosa etc. After a couple of hours I joined a huge group of Christians outside Jaffa Gate, who were only being allowed in a few at a time. After an hour I was thinking that only Christians on Easter Saturday would allow this to happen, without revolting.
Then when a group was being allowed through a woman fell over, and there was a lot of pushing and shouting, and we did breakthrough.
How could people of one religion completely control the events at the other religions site, on their most important days. This is something that already happens to Moslems on Fridays, and also with regard not allowing visits from the West Bank, but this is the first time I have seen this at Easter. It does coincide with the Passover, but Jewish people were using their own entrance, without problems.