The protesters were marching towards a checkpoint connecting the ancient city to al-Quds (Jerusalem).
The Palestinian demonstrators carried signs reading, "Jesus came with a message of: Peace, Freedom and Justice" and "We want Christmas without occupation."
The protesters also expressed their anger at Israel's acts of aggression.
The demonstration had a peaceful message but "Israeli soldiers did not miss the chance to suppress it by assaulting journalists and peaceful demonstrators," Palestine Ma'an news agency quoted Mazen al-Azza, an activist with the Palestinian National Initiative, as saying.
Tensions have been running high for over a month in the West Bank and East al-Quds over the desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli troops and the recent killing of a Palestinian minister in the occupied West Bank.
France deploys soldiers in multiple places after a spate of terror attacks ~ link ~ The evil ones just can't resist using the holy feast of the Birth of Christ to try to scare people!!! Stirling
Dow Jones closes above 18,000 for first time ~ link ~ link ~ It is amazing what FED money and 'smoke and mirrors' can do. The sad reality is, however, that the US and world continue to be in an economic depression that all the BS in the world cannot change! Stirling
Regular readers will recall that last month, at the same time as the US Bureau of Economic Analysis reported was a far better than expected 3.9% GDP (since revised to 5.0% on the back of the previously noted Obamacare spending surge), it also released its Personal Spending and Income numbers for the month of October, or rather revised numbers, because as we explained exactly one month ago "Americans Are Suddenly $80 Billion "Poorer"" thanks to (upward) revised spending data and (downward) revised income. What this meant a month ago is that as a result of a plunge in the imputed US savings rate, some $80 billion in personal savings was revised away from the average American household and right into the US economy.
After all, something had to grow the US GDP by a massive amount in order to give the Fed the green light it needs to hike rates eventually, just so it can then ease when the global dry powders from all the other central banks is used up.
And sure enough, this is how just one month ago, personal income was revised lower...
The protesters demanded the premier to stop cutting social benefits, subsidies, and price controls on utility rates, since the state budget is expected to be slashed by 10 percent and gas prices are to become three times more expensive.
Most of the cuts are to be made in the social sector, with 10 percent of the country’s public workers expected to lose their jobs.
Students also took part in the protest, slamming a 20-percent drop in education spending, the abolition of scholarships, and a rise in tuition fees. They also protested against the closure of some 400 schools.
The demonstration comes after Yatsenyuk announced the measures designed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other creditors in return for financial aid.
Russia NOT selling gold - Reports that it has bought another 600,000 ounces ~ link
Nicaragua launches construction of new inter-ocean canal ~ link ~ They are calling this the Grand Canal of Nicaragua. Stirling