The whole pitch for peace is going great with Israel’s partners in peace behaving in their usual peacefully peaceful manner.
As Obama lands in Ramallah, the city’s central Al-Manara square has filled with 200-300 angry protesters demonstrating against the US president’s visit. Many are shouting slogans such as, “We don’t want anything peaceful, only bullets and missiles,” and, “Go home you devil, we don’t want to see Americans here,” Times of Israel correspondent Elhanan Miller reports.
Many protesters are holding up signs calling for Palestinian prisoners to be released, including Fathiya Ajaji, whose son Ahmed is in jail in the US for involvement in the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
“He didn’t do anything wrong,” she said.
Ahmed Ajaj did a whole bunch of things which is why he’s serving a 115 year sentence and getting free cancer treatment from the government while repeatedly suing the government for exposure to second-hand smoke. Which is ironic coming from a guy who got explosives training in preparation for killing Americans.
Naturally rockets were also fired
Reports now indicate four were fired at Israel, with one hitting the courtyard of a home in Sderot. Another rocket hit an open area and two landed inside Gaza near the fence with Israel.
There were no reports of injuries. Sderot Mayor David Buskilla called the rockets a message to Obama from Gaza, and said he hoped the barrage would be a one-time event.
Israel Radio reports that last night Palestinians burned United States flags that were hung from electric poles in Bethlehem ahead of Obama’s visit to the town on Friday.
Declaring Obama persona non grata, the demonstrators in Ramallah chanted: “O malicious Obama, defender of the state of the Jews,” “We hereby declare, America is the mother of terror,” “This nation shall not be humiliated or succumb to the Americans” and “O Obama go back, Palestine is not for sale.”
Some carried placards that read: “Obama, you are the enemy of the people of Palestine and ally of the Jews. You are not welcome here.”
Ala Abu Saleh, a senior Hizb ut Tahrir official, told the crowd that the US and Obama were the number one enemy of Islam and Muslims.
“America occupied and destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan and perpetrated the most gruesome atrocities and brutal massacres,” Abu Saleh said. “America killed more than half a million Iraqi children and its soldiers desecrated the Koran in Guantanamo and Kabul.”
And even more peace
Waving a shoe in his hand, Fayez Mansour of the Dehaishe refugee camp near Bethlehem said that Obama was not welcome in the city.
“We won’t receive Obama with flowers and a red carpet,” he declared. “We will receive him with shoes. We want to tell America that we hate you and you have no place here. We don’t want to see Obama in Palestine
As one of the helicopters hovered over the compound, a woman standing near the area shouted, “Allahu Akbar! Obama is not welcome in Palestine. He is an Israeli agent.”