Pilgrims from all over the world populate the narrow cobbled streets of Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem to attend the traditional Good Friday procession. They sang songs and read biblical passages, and so they walked the footsteps of Jesus to the 14 stations of the cross.
"Oh, it's an honor to be in this country, it was great, it helps with my faith, it helps with my faith, it helps with everything," said Gary Osterberg, who traveled from Canada.
Religion and politics are never in the Holy Land The Easter holidays come six weeks before the United States plans to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
"I think that the Americans who embarrassed the embassy to Jerusalem do the r something, I think it's the right thing to do, and I wish Canada followed suit and the Canadian embassy of Tel Move Aviv to Jerusalem, "said Osterberg to the VOA.
The Palestinians are angry at the removal of the embassy and the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem The capital of Israel Imad, a shopkeeper in the Arab bazaar, said Jerusalem is the future capital of a Palestinian state.
"I do not expect anything from Donald Trump, so I expect bad things," he said. "This is, as you know, part of what they are doing against the Palestinians: another step, another that harms the Palestinians."
Jewish pilgrims also flocked to Jerusalem to celebrate the beginning of the week-long biblical Passover. Rabbis here say that the US Embassy movement is strengthening the Passover theme of "Jerusalem rebuilt".