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Palestinian protesters throw shoes, eggs at US officials in Ramallah

February 23, 2018 at 10:44 am

Demonstrators hold placards as they gather to protest the visit of US Congress delegation to Ramallah, outside the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research on 22 February 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Dozens of Palestinians hurled eggs and shoes at a delegation from the US Congress during their visit to the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah in protest against President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem.

According to the Anadolu Agency, dozens of Palestinian activists yesterday staged a demonstration outside the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) against the hosting of an American delegation from Congress, including members of the New York City Council and civil society groups.

The protesters condemned the US policy towards the Palestinian-Israeli issue, waving Palestinian flags and banners that read “the US is part of the problem, not the solution”.

“America is the head of the snake” the protesters chanted as they tried to force their way into the offices of the PCPSR. Others chanted: “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine,” referring to Trump’s recognition of the holy city as Israel’s capital.

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The delegation was forced to evacuate the city under the protection of Palestinian security officers.

Upon leaving the venue, the US officials were pelted with eggs and vegetables by the protesters, who also chased their bus.

Jamal Juma, a Palestinian activist in the anti-occupation Stop the Wall Campaign, said: “Any American delegation is not welcome in the land of the State of Palestine.”

“Receiving Americans is a betrayal,” he added

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“Today we are in front of a Palestinian research centre that deviates from the national ranks,” he added, stressing: “This is an unacceptable act.”

In response, the US State Department issued a statement condemning the Palestinian act. “The United States absolutely opposes the use of violence or intimidation to express political views,” it said.

On 6 December, US President Donald Trump officially recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital despite worldwide opposition. The decision sparked angry demonstrations across the world and the UN General Assembly voted to condemn the move.