Friday 24 November 2017

Obama speech sparks protests in West Bank

Adrian Blomfield in Jerusalem and Alex Spillius in New York

US President Barack Obama's standing in the Arab world plumbed new depths yesterday as protesters gathered on the West Bank to denounce his unexpectedly vehement denunciation of the Palestinian statehood bid.

More than 1,000 people gathered outside the Palestinian government headquarters in Ramallah for the first officially sanctioned anti-US protest on the West Bank for years.

Activists used the internet to call for mass pro-Palestinian demonstrations across the Middle East in the coming days.

Mr Obama addressed the UN General Assembly on Wednesday to deliver the most pro-Israeli speech to a non-Jewish audience of his presidential career.

Taking up the most cherished talking points of the Israeli right, which he has normally eschewed in the past, Mr Obama not only addressed the historical Jewish people but spoke of Israel's diminutive size for the first time and castigated Arab states for inciting their children to hate Israelis. He declined to address Palestinian grievances. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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