OK, the Indiana fans may not be setting his image ablaze just yet. They’ll have to wait for their Sweet 16 loss to Syracuse before suffering the dreaded Obama NCAA jinx. Then all bets are off. But the Palis? Well, they riot every day, so this isn’t exactly groundbreaking.
Palestinians in Bethlehem set fire to pictures of US President Barack Obama on Monday, saying he was not welcome in their city.
Scores of protesters gathered near Manger Square and threw shoes at a US diplomatic vehicle as it arrived at the scene as part of preparations for Obama’s visit to the city later this week.
The protesters also set fire to signs posted in the city earlier this week reminding Obama that Palestinians still don’t have 3G communications technology.
We blame Obama for a lot of thing. Lack of 3G for these savages sure isn’t one of them. Maybe someone can smuggle in some Obama Phones for them, anyway.
Similar anti-Obama demonstrations are expected to take place in Ramallah and other Palestinian cities in the coming days.
Palestinian Authority policemen did not intervene to stop the Bethlehem demonstrators from burning the pictures of Obama.
A PA security officer said that the PA would not act against those who seek permission to protest against Obama’s visit.
There were even indications that the PA leadership was encouraging or initiating some of the protests.
At the Bethlehem demonstration, some protesters carried a placard belonging to the PA Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees that read: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
The protesters also trampled on Obama’s picture, chanting, “America is the head of the snake.”
It will be interesting to see how little coverage this gets in the U.S. media. Ah well, at least the world loves us again. Oh, wait.