Palestinian protests greet Kerry in Ramallah

Dozens rally outside PA President Mahmoud Abbas's office in Ramallah to protest against Washington's perceived 'Israel bias.'

May 23, 2013 17:04
Palestinian protester holds a poster with a caricature of John Kerry in Ramallah May 23, 2013.

Palestinian protester against John Kerry 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)

US Secretary of State John Kerry met in Ramallah Thursday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and discussed with him ways of resuming the peace talks with Israel.

As Kerry arrived in Ramallah, dozens of Palestinians staged a protest outside Abbas’s office, condemning Washington’s “bias” in favor of Israel.

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The protesters also condemned US military support for Israel. Some carried placards denouncing US “policies that back the occupation and its crimes.”

One placard, with Kerry’s portrait, read: “Kerry, we don’t trust you and America.”

In his visits to the region, Kerry is also trying to put together an economic package for the Palestinians to go alongside the US political initiative.

European diplomats, in meetings with Palestinian leaders, have been trying to steer them away from any notion the European Union might present a peace plan of its own. British Foreign Secretary of William Hague was also due to hold talks with Netanyahu and Abbas later on Thursday.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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