Israeli forces have surrounded the Ambassador hotel in Jerusalem, preventing popular events protesting against 40 years of occupation.
Palestinian Minister of Information Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi condemned the action, considering it reflective of a policy of continuous attacks against Palestinians that violate the right to freedom of expression – a right guaranteed under the terms of the fourth Geneva Convention.

Dr. Barghouthi reported that Israeli-perpetrated human rights violations against Palestinians are still commonplace today, even in occupied Jerusalem, a city that Israel is attempting to remove the Arab character from.

He further noted that Israel should be careful in Jerusalem since the city figures largely in the very essence of the Palestinian cause.

Dr. Barghouthi appealed to Palestinians to commemorate the anniversary of 40 years of Israeli occupation, to continue their resistance against the occupation and to rise up and claim their legitimate Human rights.