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Palestinians look to a digital future to connect with their past

15 May 2020

JERUSALEM Virtual reality tours have replaced flag-waving rallies as Palestinians facing coronavirus restrictions create digital spaces to lament the loss of their physical homeland in 1948.

CORRECTED-Palestinians look to a digital future to connect with their past

14 May 2020

* Apps and Zoom chats replace rallies, highlight online community

Islam's holiest sites emptied by coronavirus crisis as Ramadan begins

25 Apr 2020

RIYADH/JERUSALEM The holy month of Ramadan began on Friday with Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem largely empty of worshippers as the coronavirus crisis forced authorities to impose unprecedented restrictions. | Video

Al-Aqsa preacher's voice echoes across Jerusalem devoid of Ramadan crowds

24 Apr 2020

JERUSALEM An imam standing atop an 18-foot pulpit in a near-empty Al-Aqsa Mosque delivered the first Friday prayers of Ramadan in Jerusalem, his voice echoing across an empty and windswept plateau almost devoid of worshippers.

A Holy Land Easter season like no other - under the shadow of coronavirus

19 Apr 2020

JERUSALEM Orthodox Christians celebrated Easter in Jerusalem on Sunday, bringing to a close a holiday season uniquely devoid of the colourful ceremonies that would normally have echoed around the Old City's Christian Quarter. | Video

Holy Fire lit as Orthodox Easter bells echo over near-empty Jerusalem

19 Apr 2020

JERUSALEM The Holy Fire ceremony symbolising Jesus' resurrection was lit in a deserted Jerusalem on Saturday, without the joyful throng of Orthodox Christian pilgrims who normally attend a spectacle that brings the Easter season to a colourful climax. | Video

Orthodox ceremony of Holy Fire takes place in deserted Jerusalem

18 Apr 2020

JERUSALEM, April 18 The Holy Fire ceremony symbolising Jesus' resurrection took place in a deserted Jerusalem on Saturday, without the joyful throng of Orthodox Christian pilgrims who would normally attend one of the most colourful spectacles of the Easter season.

Orthodox church forsakes Via Dolorosa procession in Jerusalem

17 Apr 2020

JERUSALEM The streets of Jerusalem's Old City were eerily quiet on Friday, after Greek Orthodox church authorities cancelled the traditional Easter procession along the Via Dolorosa amid a nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

'Life will prevail' says Holy Land archbishop on Easter Sunday

12 Apr 2020

JERUSALEM With Jerusalem under lockdown over coronavirus, Easter Sunday was marked at the traditional site of Jesus' death and resurrection by just a handful of Christian clerics.

On an empty Via Dolorosa, archbishop urges Good Friday prayer for the dying

10 Apr 2020

JERUSALEM On an eerie Good Friday in Jerusalem, a handful of Franciscan friars - some wearing face masks - commemorated Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection along a Via Dolorosa in lockdown and empty of pilgrims. | Video

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