Palestinian journalists accuse Harper security guard of ‘punching’ cameraman at Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
MUSA AL-SHAER/AFP/Getty ImagesCanadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, centre, arrives to visit the Church of the Nativity on Ja. 20, 2014 in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Palestinian journalists covering Stephen Harper’s trip to Israel alleged that a cameraman was “punched” by one of the prime minister’s security guards Monday, although no Canadian journalist witnessed the attack and the PMO said it had no knowledge of the incident.
The alleged altercation was reported to have taken place in Bethlehem, where the prime minister visited the Church of the Nativity, built on top of the grotto where it is said Jesus Christ was born.
The prime minister’s spokesman on the trip, Jason MacDonald, told Postmedia News, “I did not witness the alleged incident.” He referred queries to the RCMP, which provides security for Harper. A call to the RCMP in Ottawa was not returned.