Protest in Bethlehem Against Police Brutality Following Death of George Floyd and Palestinian Iyad Halak

A group of people protested in front of the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem on June 2 against police brutality following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Iyad Halak in Jerusalem.

Halak, who reportedly had autism, was unarmed when Israeli police shot him dead on May 30, five days after George Floyd died while in police custody in Minneapolis. Israeli police said they thought Halak was holding a pistol at the time he was shot, but no weapon was recovered. Israel’s defense miniter Benny Gantz apologized for the killing on Sunday.

The incident of Halak has drawn parallels with the death of Floyd, and protesters took to the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on May 30 against both the death of Halak and that of Floyd.

In this video, people can be seen holding a big sign with the photos of Floyd and Halak put next to each other and which reads “KILLED BY US POLICE” and “KILLED BY ISRAELI POLICE”, under each photo respectively. “OUR STRUGGLES ARE ONE” follows on the sign. Credit: Abdelrahman Hassan via Storyful