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Palestinians in Bethlehem hold small rally in support of Russia

Around 20 Palestinians participate in a small pro-Russia rally in Bethlehem in the West Bank.

Both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, the two main Palestinian factions, have avoided taking a stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Many Palestinians sympathize with Ukrainians and argue that there are parallels between Russia’s conquest of Ukraine and Israeli rule.

But historic ties bind other Palestinians with Moscow. Many studied in the former Soviet Union, which also provided aid and comfort for years to the Palestine Liberation Organization.

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