Rallies over 'despicable' Obama UN veto
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Around 3,000 Palestinians gather in the West Bank city of
The crowd massed in
city, waving banners and shouting slogans against the American administration.
RAMALLAH (AFP) -- Around 3,000 Palestinians gathered in the West Bank on Sunday to protest the
The crowd massed in Ramallah's
"Obama, you despicable man, we want self-determination!" shouted protesters, many of them members of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party, of the
Fatah central committee member Mahmud al-Alul told the crowd
"We tell (President Barack) Obama that we are a people that doesn't bow to anyone," he said, before demonstrators interrupted with cries of "get out Obama, get out you settler."
In Jenin, Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad accused the
"We didn't and will not accept blackmail and neither will our people," Fayyad said. "We are not interested in aid from any party that threatens to cut it for political reasons.
Fatah called for the protest after the
The resolution, drafted by the Palestinian leadership in an attempt to pressure
But in Ramallah, the veto drew fury and disappointment.
"No to negotiations with Israeli settlements and American arrogance," one banner held by demonstrators read.
Tawfiq Terawi, another Fatah central committee member, said the demonstration sent two important messages.
"First, when all the Arab people are demonstrating against their leaders, the Palestinian people comes today to support its brave leadership's decision," he said.
Second, it exposes
But the negotiations ground to a halt just weeks later, with the expiry of an Israeli moratorium on settlement building in the
The Palestinians insist they will not negotiate while
Palestinian officials have said they will launch a new bid for UN condemnation of Israeli settlement building, bringing a resolution before the General Assembly.
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