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Jan 27, 2018
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Bethlehem Demonstration: Effigies of Trump and Pence "Executed” and Torched in Protest of U.S. Freeze on UNRWA Funding

#6396 | 04:59
Source: Alghad TV (U.K.)The Internet - "Palestinian News Network (PNN) on Facebook"

During a demonstration organized by Fatah activists in the Aida Refugee Camp, north of Bethlehem, on January 27, a mock trial was held for U.S. President Trump and VP Mike Pence, protesting the U.S. freeze on its aid to UNRWA. After the reading of the "verdict," nooses were placed around the necks of Trump and Pence effigies, which were hoisted in the air and then torched. Footage shows one demonstrator beating the Trump effigy with a shoe. One of the signs held by demonstrators reads: "Zionism = Nazism = fascism. USA = ISIS = Terror." Footage from the demonstration aired on Alghad TV and was posted by the Palestinian News Network (PNN) on Facebook.

Narrator: "Following a mock trial, dozens of Palestinian demonstrators in the Aida Refugee Camp, north of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 'executed' effigies of U.S. President Donald Trump and his VP Mike Pence, as a protest against the freeze on the U.S. aid to UNRWA, in order to tighten the stranglehold on the Palestinians, so that they would compromise on their rights. This shows a clear bias towards the Israeli occupation, especially following the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."

Muhammed Al-Masri: "Whoever is trying to appropriate the money of the Palestinian people, and to shut down the UNRWA institutions, in an effort to harm people's lives and livelihood, should be placed on trial for the crime of killing people. This is part of the popular trial of the American leadership. I believe that we have sent a message to the American people and to the world that the Palestinian people firm to their principles, and continue their revolution against the injustice they suffer."

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Reporter: "We have with us Muhammad Lutfi, Secretary of Fatah in the Aida Refugee Camp. Muhammed, what is your message today?"

Muhammed Lufti: "Our message to all the peoples of the world is that they should support the Palestinian people and their rights. There are international agreements and resolutions by the UNGA and the UNSC, affirming the rights of the Palestinian people, but America disregards all these agreements. Today, the Palestinians refugees have decided to execute the U.S. President and his VP, at the Aida Refugee Camp."

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Mazen Al-Izza: "We hereby declare, on your behalf and on behalf of the Palestinian people, that U.S. President Donald Trump and his VP Mike Pence will be executed for the crimes they committed against the Palestinian people, and for dealing with funds that they do not own. We call upon the sons of the Palestinian people and its living forces to carry out the execution of Donald Trump forthwith. We hereby also declare the execution of U.S. Vice president Pence, for the crimes he committed against the Palestinian people.

"Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Palestinian state! The refugees must return to the homes from which they were driven out! The Palestinian people will never agree to compromise on its rights! We will definitely return! We will definitely be victorious! Jerusalem will remain the eternal capital of the Palestinian state!"