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September 22, 2011

Palestinians protest Obama speech in Ramallah rally

http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/palestinians_protest_obama_speech_in_ramallah_rally_20110922

Palestinian school girls shout slogans during a rally against U.S. President Barack Obama's address at the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sept. 22. Photo by REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Palestinian school girls shout slogans during a rally against U.S. President Barack Obama's address at the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sept. 22. Photo by REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Palestinian protesters denounced President Obama during a rally in Ramallah outside the office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The dozens of protesters at Thursday’s demonstration objected to Obama’s opposition to a Palestinian statehood bid in the United Nations, which is expected to come Friday in the Security Council.

Protesters, including schoolchildren, waved anti-Obama signs and chanted about their future state. One sign read that Obama is “with killers, occupation and against victims, freedom.”

The rally was held following Obama’s address Wednesday to the United Nations General Assembly in which he called for bilateral negotiations in order to create a Palestinian state. Also Wednesday, Obama said in a meeting with Abbas that the United States would use its veto in the Security Council to block the unilateral formation of a Palestinian state.

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