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RAMALLAH - A few hundred Palestinians participated in a demonstration on
Thursday to voice their opposition to US President Barak Obama’s speech at the
UN on Wednesday.
The 16-year-old Salem Mansour told The Jerusalem Post,
“It is shameful... if the Israeli minister of defense was delivering a speech,
he would have not been that Zionist.”
The student was holding a sign that
translates to “it is disgraceful to claim support for democracy and to support
the racist occupation.”
Protesters were out in full force in the West
Bank cities of Jericho and Nablus.
Not far from the Kalandia checkpoint,
around 50 high-school-age students marched out of their public boys
Some chanted slogans calling for the end of occupation while
others were happy that they actually closed the main street for a
while. Carrying small and large Palestinian flags, they joined the main
demonstration in the city center.
All public workers’ unions organized
the demonstration in Ramallah. Officials and students answered the call
as well as political activists and civil servants.
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Medical workers union
chief Osama Najjar described Obama’s speech as a dishonorable one, asking how
the Palestinians could still trust Obama and the US as a patron for the peace
process after such a speech.
“We came here to express the anger of all
Palestinians,” Najjar added.
The Palestinian minister of education and
higher education Lamis Al-Alami told a Post reporter that her ministry respects
the students’ right to join the general feeling.
“Students are more
emotional than the rest of the people, so they were angry and disappointed with
the speech as well,” she added.
Al-Alami said Palestinians were shocked
and disappointed. The angry and enthused boys burnt a picture of Obama as
Demonstrators called for a rage day tomorrow in the Arabic streets
to support the Palestinian bid for statehood and to send a strong message of
College student Dana Zake expressed her frustration, saying
“how can the United States call for democracy in the Arab world, and still
denounce the right of Palestinians to have a state of their own?” she
The 20-year-old said that the Americans are blinded by their
biased support of Israel and they back the Israelis even in their
The reactions to the speech showed up on Facebook pages as
well. One Facebook posting wished that Obama would not get a permit or a
magnetic card from the IDF – which is required for entering Israel. They also
hoped that the US President would have to be stuck for two hours at the Kalandia
checkpoint only to discover that he forgot to bring his identification
Demonstrations are expected on Friday as well after the Palestinian
president delivers his speech at the UN where he is expected to submit a
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