Palestinians protest Obama speech in Ramallah rally


Palestinian protesters denounced President Obama during a rally in Ramallah outside the office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The dozens of protesters at Thursday’s demonstration objected to Obama’s opposition to a Palestinian statehood bid in the United Nations, which is expected to come Friday in the Security Council.

Protesters, including schoolchildren, waved anti-Obama signs and chanted about their future state. One sign read that Obama is “with killers, occupation and against victims, freedom.”

The rally was held following Obama’s address Wednesday to the United Nations General Assembly in which he called for bilateral negotiations in order to create a Palestinian state. Also Wednesday, Obama said in a meeting with Abbas that the United States would use its veto in the Security Council to block the unilateral formation of a Palestinian state.