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Palestine: Palestinian youth interrupts Obama’s speech & Obama refuses to meet delegation of prisoners’ families

Obama refuses to meet delegation of prisoners’ families

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Director of Palestinian Prisoners Society Qaddoura Fares confirmed that U.S. President Barack Obama has refused to meet a delegation from families of prisoners in Israeli jails.

Fares pointed out in a press statement that there is a talk about the release of a number of prisoners at Obama’s visit to the region, but he denied that the PA has received any formal promises for that.

Dozens of Palestinians have organized a march from Manara roundabout in the center of Ramallah city in the occupied West Bank toward the Muqata’a headquarters, after the arrival of the helicopter carrying U.S. President Barack Obama.

The demonstrators raised slogans supporting Palestinian prisoners and accusing Obama of bias toward Israel.

A youth activist said that the city of Ramallah is witnessing intensified security measures for Obama’s visit. The Palestinian Presidential Guard and security services announced a security square surroundings the presidential headquarters, in order to prevent the citizens from approaching it.

He pointed out that hundreds of elements of the security apparatuses have formed a human barriers to suppress the demonstrators and prevent them from reaching the areas near the presidential headquarters.

The activist reported that the city of Ramallah is experiencing traffic problems due to the security measures which have prevented many employees and students from reaching their work place and schools.

A state of anger and dissatisfaction prevail in all areas of the West Bank, in rejection of Obama’s visit and resumption of negotiations.

The student Ahmed Hussein from Ramallah opined that Obama’s visit does not serve the interests of the Palestinian people, and that all his statements are falsification of history and reality.

Another student from Birzeit University Haya Nizar, who is also one of the protesters against the visit, says that Obama is not a guest, but rather an enemy who came to give his orders to the weak side.

The citizen Mahmoud Salem from Ein Misbah district calls for a real Palestinian unity, and a halt for the security cooperation between the Authority and the occupation.

Obama arrived on Thursday before noon to the city of Ramallah in his first visit as president of the United States of America. Obama’s helicopter landed in the presidential headquarters, and he was received by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, and a number of PA officials.

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Palestinian youth interrupts Obama’s speech

NAZARETH, (PIC)– Israeli forces detained Rabee’ Eid, 24, a student at Haifa University after he interrupted US president Obama while speaking to hundreds of Israeli students and academics in occupied Jerusalem on Thursday.

Did you come here for peace? Or to give ‘Israel’ more weapons to kill the Palestinian people?? Rabee’ asked. “Who killed Rachel Corrie? Rachel Corrie was killed with your money and your weapons,” he said in reference to the American peace activist who was killed by the Israeli occupation in Gaza during her attempt to stop an Israeli Bulldozer from demolishing Palestinian home.

Rabee’s statements came despite the Israeli strict measures, where they selected a number of students to attend the speech by making them sign an obligation not to cause any inconvenience in the hall during the speech.

“The state must be a state for all its citizens, not a state for the Jewish people, he continued, “Have you seen the apartheid wall on your way?, There are in this room Palestinians, this state must be for all its citizens, not state of the Jewish people,” he said in response to Obama’s statements on a Jewish state.

Israeli security forces have immediately attacked Eid and took him violently outside the hall, while Obama commented by saying “You know, I have to say we actually arranged for that because it made me feel at home,” Obama said, laughing. “I wouldn’t feel comfortable if I didn’t have at least one heckler,” he added.

Rabee Eid is a Palestinian student from one of a Galilee village.

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