On Tuesday, White House officials kept the American president Donald Trump updated in real time on the developments of the attack in Manchester, claimed by the Islamic State. I wonder if they also reported the gunfire by Israeli soldiers that seriously injured 17-year-old Hammad Tuqua, who threw stones at military jeeps, in Silwad, near Ramallah. Or the killing of 15-year-old Raed Radayda of Ubeidiya, near Bethlehem, who, according to the official Israeli version, tried to stab a soldier at an army checkpoint on Monday.
I doubt it. And anyway, he would not have done much — an American president who spent barely an hour in Bethlehem, and said nothing but empty phrases in front of a population already troubled by the pressures made by President Abu Mazen’s government to remove, ahead of Trump’s arrival, some of the protests set up in support of Palestinian prisoners, who have been on a hunger strike for the last 40 days in Israeli jails.
“The president should have refused the meeting with Trump and instead gone to lead the demonstrations against the U.S. and Israel and in support of our heroic prisoners,” said Adel Hourani, one of the hundreds of Palestinians in Bethlehem who demonstrated against Trump’s visit. In Gaza, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine organized a protest march and burned posters with Trump’s image.