Palestinian activists protest Israeli-Palestinian activists peace meeting in Ramallah, January 9, 2014..
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Scores of Palestinian activists on Thursday attacked a hotel in Ramallah where
Israelis and Palestinians were holding a meeting to talk about
Chanting slogans against “normalization” with Israel, the vandals
smashed windows and tried to storm the conference hall before dozens of
Palestinian Authority policemen pushed them back.
The meeting, which was
held under the motto “Ordinary People Make Peace,” was organized by a group
called Israeli- Palestinian Public Negotiating Congress in Ramallah &
The group is co-chaired by Dr. Sapir Handelman, an Israeli who
received the Peter Becker Award in Peace & Conflict Studies, and Ibrahim
Enbawi, a prominent Palestinian figure from Jerusalem.
was part of a two-day seminar on solutions to the conflict. The second meeting
is expected to place in east Jerusalem on Friday.
The Palestinian and
Israeli delegations consist of 15 members each. They include ex-IDF officers,
Palestinian security commanders, Israeli settlers, Palestinian ex-prisoners,
academics, businessmen and journalists.
Palestinian activists who learned
about the meeting at City Inn Hotel hanged a banner at the entrance to the hotel
reading, “Normalization is Treason.”
The activists protested against the
presence of Israelis in the city, banging on the main gate and chanting,
“Israelis out!” Others chanted, “No to negotiations, no to normalization, this
homeland is not for sale” and “Our people want RPG [rocket-propelled grenades],
not security coordination.”
A Palestinian journalist expressed outrage
over the hanging of an Israeli flag next to a Palestinian flag inside the
One of the protesters condemned the Palestinian
“Instead of caring about our people in the refugee camps,
they are sitting here with Israelis who are killing our people every day,” he
said. “It’s disgraceful that these people and our Palestinian Authority are
continuing to negotiate with Israelis, begging them to give us
The activist denounced the PA police for refusing to allow
him and his friends to enter the conference hall to protest against the
Another activist said he and his friends came to the hotel to
tell the Israelis to leave immediately. “This is not where Israelis should be,”
he said. “They should be pursued before international courts for war crimes.”