Hundreds of supporters of the Palestinian cause set on a traditional Easter peace march in Southers Lebanon on Saturday (12 April).
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Background: Hundreds of supporters of the Palestinian cause set on a traditional Easter peace march in Southers Lebanon on Saturday (12 April).
This year, the march atarted at Sidon, about 30 miles (45 Kilometres) south of the capital, Beirut, and went to Tyre -- about another 30 miles south.
The march is organised by Americans living in Lebanon, and also serves as a demonstration against American policies in the Middle East. The organisers said it was held at Easter, because "Easter is a time of Triumph; victory after suffering."
The 300 marchers -- including women, children, and a band of Palestinian commandos -- had lunch at the ancient Crusader Castle in Sidon before setting out on their long walk.
A statement by the march organisers said they hoped to "stir the conscience of the Jewish people around the world and Americans in particular to redress the wrong committed when more than one million Palestinian people were exiled from their homes following the ceasefire in the Middle East in 1948 and again in 1967."