Arabs in PA, Israel Join Anti-U.S. Protests

"Day of Solidarity with Iraq." This was the theme of a day of demonstrations and protests held by Israeli-Arabs yesterday against the U.S. attack on Iraq.

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"Day of Solidarity with Iraq." This was the theme of a day of demonstrations and protests held by Israeli-Arabs yesterday against the U.S. attack on Iraq. To the consternation of the Israeli-Arab leadership, however, only several thousand people took part. One of them was MK Azmi Bishara, who announced his movement's solidarity with "the Iraqi nation and country." Bishara called for international intervention to stop the American assault.

Pro-Iraq rallies were reported again today in Gaza. Thousands of PA Arabs participated in pro-Iraq rallies in the PA yesterday and Friday, accompanied by the burning of American flags and shouts against the Untied States.

Tens of thousands of PA Arabs demonstrated on Friday in various cities against the American attack on Iraq. The demonstrations featured Iraqi flags, pictures of Saddam Hussein, and calls against the US and Israel, as well as against the Arab states that have offered assistance to the US and British forces. Pictures of Bin Laden were unfurled at some of the demonstrations. The PA Arab protesters had sharp words for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Jordan's King Abdullah, and the rulers of Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar, calling them "dogs and traitors."

The PA protestors burned American flags and called for Saddam to bomb Tel Aviv with chemical weapons. Officials from the Palestinian Authority were not seen participating in the protests in Gaza, but neither was any effort made to remove pictures of Bin-Laden. In the past, in PA Arab demonstrations of joy following the WTC and Pentagon attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, PA police took immediate action to remove pictures of Bin-Laden.






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