Palestinians burn posters of Pence; Fatah: “Trump’s house will be destroyed”
Palestinians demonstrating in the streets are burning and stepping on posters with Pence's photo. Text on the posters in English:
[Facebook page of the Fatah Movement - Bethlehem Branch, Jan. 21, 2018]
[Facebook page of the Fatah Movement - Nablus Branch, Jan. 22, 2018]
Last week, another Fatah post showing an image of Trump and the White House warned the US:
Fatah's Spokesman and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi said "on behalf of Fatah and the Palestinian people" that Pence's visit "is unwanted in the region," and urged "all of the Arab brothers not to welcome [Pence]." Al-Qawasmi further stated that "Pence has made racist and extremist statements against the Palestinian people." [Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 20, 2018]
The following is a longer excerpt of the report on the statement by Fatah's spokesman:
Headline: "Fatah: Pence is unwanted; we demand that the Arabs not welcome him"
"Fatah Movement Spokesman and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi said on behalf of Fatah and the Palestinian people that US Vice President Mike Pence's visit is unwanted in the region.
Al-Qawasmi added in a statement to [the independent Palestinian news agency] Ma'an that Pence has made racist and extremist statements against the Palestinian people, and that he considered Jerusalem the historical and religious capital of the Jewish people, amid a clear violation of all the international conventions and agreements...
He emphasized that there is incessant aggression from US President [Donald Trump] and his vice president against the Palestinian refugees, which was expressed in the latest decisions about cutting the aid to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) and stopping all of the aid presented to the members of our people...
He also called on all of the Arab brothers not to welcome [Pence]."
In early January 2018 the US froze two planned payments to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) for more than $100 million, as the US administration spoke about reexamining and conducting a reform of the UN body.