JERUSALEM - Christians have celebrated Palm Sunday in the Holy Land, the start of the Holy Week that concludes with Easter.
Crowds of faithful gathered at Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Many waved palm fronds to symbolize how worshippers greeted Jesus over 2,000 years ago as he triumphantly returned to Jerusalem.
In the West Bank, meanwhile, mostly Palestinian worshippers gathered in the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, traditional site of Jesus' birth.
There are some 50,000 Palestinian Christians, a tiny minority among a mostly Muslim society. They must obtain military permission to enter Jerusalem to participate in religious ceremonies.