“When they (Israelis) come like this to the middle of Ramallah, they have another agenda, which is to clean up the face of the occupation, to show that Palestinians and Israelis are co-existing when in fact they are not,” -Jamal Jumaa
Israelis rushed from West Bank hotel after protest
About 35 Israelis and 50 Palestinians participated in Thursday’s gathering, the first the group has held in the West Bank, said Palestinian organizer Ibrahim Enbawi.
Israeli and Palestinian flags were set up in the hotel’s conference room.
After word of the gathering got out, about 30 protesters showed up outside the hotel. Protesters tried to enter the hotel, but found the doors locked, and then began throwing stones that shattered several windows and glass doors.
Israeli participant Rami Cohen, a former air force pilot, said he felt uncomfortable after the stone-throwing, but expressed understanding for the protesters.
“There is more anger here than in Israel because the Palestinians suffer more than us,” said Cohen, 56, who works for a high tech company in Tel Aviv. “One day, I hope it will be safe for us here in Ramallah as it is safe for us in Tel Aviv.”
Jamal Jumaa, a leading Palestinian activist, said he joined the protest because he believes such gatherings distort reality, but said he was not among those throwing stones.
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