Trump & Pence effigies burned in Palestinian mock execution

Trump & Pence effigies burned in Palestinian mock execution
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:51:10

Palestinian protesters carried out a mock execution of US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, culminating in effigies of the pair being burned. The spectacle comes amid worsening US-Palestinian relations.

RT--  The staged hanging took place at Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem in the West Bank to show the community’s“rejection” of US budget cuts to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Before the execution, demonstrators held up a banner with photos of Trump, Pence and Netanyahu overlaid on a US flag – all marked with an X. Text on the banner read: “Zionism = Nazism = Fascism = USA = ISIS = Terror.”

The effigies were raised over wooden pallets flanked by the Palestinian flag. Children stood among the crowd holding banners reading: “Jerusalem is the title of war and peace [sic] and will remain Palestinian.”

A livestream of the mock execution was broadcast by independent Palestinian TV station, Wattan News Agency. A cardboard Trump was set alight first before eventually falling to the ground where demonstrators stamped on his face. A charred Pence cutout fell later.

Palestinians froze their ties with Washington last November after the US closed the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in the capital. Relations worsened in December after Trump formally recognised Jerusalem Al-Quds as the capital of Israel, sparking violent protests on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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