Muslim rioters protesting against US policy on Jerusalem ambushed a US-coordinated marketing workshop in Bethlehem, damaging an American diplomatic vehicle as it sped away.
Muslims threw tomatoes at the SUV, which had US consular licence plates, kicked one of its doors and ripped the plastic casing off a side mirror as it drove off under Palestinian Authority police escort from the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce.
Samir Hazboun, the chamber’s director, told Reuters that a digital marketing workshop was underway when about five rioters barged in.
“We hosted an American expert on this issue. Some people who have been trying to express their point of view and protest (against) the American decision regarding Jerusalem and the political situation … interrupted the workshop and we stopped the workshop,” Hazboun said.
Commenting on the attack, a State Department spokesperson said: “The United States opposes the use of violence and intimidation to express political views. This non-political program was one part of long-term US engagement to create economic opportunities for Palestinians.
The US-based lecturer was not a consular staff member. He was accompanied by consular security personnel and some of its Arab employees, organizers said.
In the Aida neighborhood of Bethlehem on Saturday, effigies of Trump and Pence were hanged and burned in a protest attended by about 30 Muslim terrorists.