Palestinian Christians urge stronger fight against IS

Christians take part in a symbolic funeral procession in Jerusalem’s Old City on February 18, 2015, for the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State (IS) group on a Libyan beach. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)

Some 200 Palestinian Christians staged a candlelit march in Jerusalem Wednesday to mourn Egyptian Copts killed by the Islamic State group in Libya, calling for stronger international action against the jihadists.

The demonstrators carried four cardboard coffins decorated with gold crosses, and held up banners showing pictures of the 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by IS militants in a graphic video released Sunday.

“We call on the international community to respond to the killing of innocents,” one banner read, as an Orthodox priest read out a eulogy for the dead.

The somber march made its way to Jerusalem’s Coptic monastery, where banners were displayed featuring stills from the IS video and passages from the Bible…