RAMALLAH, Palestine, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Saeb Erekat, condemned the attack of Israeli forces against the Coptic priests and members of the community.

The blatant violation at the entrance of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, in occupied East Jerusalem, comes only a week after Israel claimed that Israel protects Christians, Erekat said, in a statement.

“The attack is not an isolated case, yet it clearly shows the world the real status of Christianity, under the Israeli occupation.” Erekat said, it is a continuation of Israeli interference in the status-quo of the sites, as well as, an aggression against the people of Egypt and Palestine.

He accused U.S. President, Donald Trump’s administration, of continuing “to provide full support to the Israeli occupation and annexation of the city, as well as, to the continued attacks against the Palestinian people in Jerusalem.”

On Wednesday, Israeli police oppressed a sit-in by the Coptic church, and attacked priests and members of the community. Footage of a priest being forced to the ground and handcuffed by a policeman, went viral on social media. The sit-in came in protest of the Israeli government’s rejection to allow the church to carry out renovations.

Israeli radio reported that, the Israeli police exhausted all peaceful means to disperse the demonstrators, before it had to use force.

Palestinian presidential church affairs committee, criticised the attack, saying that, such action “reveals that Israel is a racist state towards non-Jews, and seeks to evacuate Christians from their homeland, particularly Jerusalem.”