Palestinians protest against US in Ramallah

Maan News Agency | Oct 4, 2011

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinians rallied Friday against US diplomats visiting the occupied West Bank, throwing shoes and shouting slogans outside a restaurant, onlookers said.

Police kept the protesters away from the Ramallah restaurant where diplomats were hosting an event for graduates and other beneficiaries of US programs, a Ma’an correspondent said.

About 20 activists watched by the police had chanted defiant slogans in English, shouting “No to American funding” and “Yes we can — boycott America”, Reuters reported.

Demonstrators also chanted “USAID go home”, and “Shame on you”.

Palestinian Authority police denied intervening in the demonstration, which they said was peaceful. In a statement, the police also denied that protesters had thrown shoes at the diplomats.

The protest comes as US Congress members opposed to a bid for statehood at the United Nations are threatening to freeze aid on economic and humanitarian projects deemed vital for peace in the Middle East.

Palestinian Authority officials say the freeze on money mixes politics with practical efforts to build peace with Israel and establish a Palestinian state.

The PA cabinet, in a statement issued after its weekly meeting on Tuesday, “expressed hope that the US Congress would reconsider the freezing of aid allocated to the Palestinian National Authority”.



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