US delegation flees Bethlehem event as Palestinians protest
A delegation of US diplomats hosted by the Palestinian Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday were chased out by Palestinian activists throwing eggs, shoes and tomatoes at them in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on January 30, 2018.
Palestinian security intervened as the event in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem had to be cut short after protesters stormed their meeting protesting against US President Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem.
Samir Hazboun, head of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, said they had been holding a training session for local businesspeople about digital commerce with an American expert and a delegation from the US consulate in Jerusalem.
"We were surprised when a number of angry protesters held an extraordinary protest, which forced us to end the course and for the American trainer to leave immediately with the American consulate delegation," he told AFP.
The video online showed a handful of protesters entering the room and chanting while holding signs opposing Trump's decision.
One sign read "Zionism = Nazism = Fascism".
The American delegation quickly packed up and left, with the protesters throwing what appeared to be tomatoes at their cars, while one man kicked a car.
Trump's December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital set off protests among Palestinians, who consider the city to be their capital as well.
The Palestinian leadership has frozen ties with the US administration, and Trump has withheld tens of millions of dollars in aid.
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This is an organized harassment. Who is behind this ? The purpose seems to be to undermine Mahmoud Abbas. We do have to calm down the situation as done, since December 6th. The Palestinian leaders are choking. We should not let the Hamas overthrow Abbas.