Ramallah shoe store demands Brits and Americans apologize before entering

A shoe shop in Ramallah demands British and American remorse over Balfour Declaration and "Trump's dirty decision."

By
January 1, 2018 15:39
1 minute read.
A STREET in Ramallah. The Palestinian economy is suffering.

A STREET in Ramallah. The Palestinian economy is suffering.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

It’s not the prices at a shoe shop in Ramallah that will keep tourists out – it’s the demand for an official apology before entering.

A sign recently posted outside the shop, shared on Twitter by COGAT, the Coordinator Of Government Activities in the Territories, said any British or American citizens who wish to enter must apologize first.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



“To all British and American citizens,” the sign reads. “Before entering, you should offer your apologies and hold responsibility for the Balfour’s [sic] Declaration and Trump’s dirty decision which has caused all the pain and suffering for the Palestinians since its declaration till this very moment.” The sign ended with the oddly friendly: “You are most welcome.”

It has been almost a month since US President Donald Trump gave an official speech recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and pledging to move the US Embassy there. And it has been just over 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, the British government’s statement of support for establishing a Jewish state.

COGAT called the sign “disgraceful” and lamented it being posted “during the busiest month of tourism.”

“Aside from being offensive,” the government body wrote on Twitter, “such signs, which mix politics and tourism, can hurt the local Palestinian economy.”

According to Kan reporter Gal Berger, the shop is called Rahalah, and sells shoes “handmade in Palestine.” According to the store’s website, it was established in 1985 in Nablus and moved to Ramallah in 1991.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:



Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

November 14, 2018
Palestinians blame U.S. for UNSC deadlock on Gaza

By TOVAH LAZAROFF