RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Director of Palestinian Prisoners Society Qaddoura Fares confirmed that U.S. President Barack Obama has refused to meet a delegation from families of prisoners in Israeli jails.
Fares pointed out in a press statement that there is a talk about the release of a number of prisoners at Obama’s visit to the region, but he denied that the PA has received any formal promises for that.
Dozens of Palestinians have organized a march from Manara roundabout in the center of Ramallah city in the occupied West Bank toward the Muqata’a headquarters, after the arrival of the helicopter carrying U.S. President Barack Obama.
The demonstrators raised slogans supporting Palestinian prisoners and accusing Obama of bias toward Israel.
A youth activist said that the city of Ramallah is witnessing intensified security measures for Obama’s visit. The Palestinian Presidential Guard and security services announced a security square surroundings the presidential headquarters, in order to prevent the citizens from approaching it.
He pointed out that hundreds of elements of the security apparatuses have formed a human barriers to suppress the demonstrators and prevent them from reaching the areas near the presidential headquarters.
The activist reported that the city of Ramallah is experiencing traffic problems due to the security measures which have prevented many employees and students from reaching their work place and schools.
A state of anger and dissatisfaction prevail in all areas of the West Bank, in rejection of Obama’s visit and resumption of negotiations.
The student Ahmed Hussein from Ramallah opined that Obama’s visit does not serve the interests of the Palestinian people, and that all his statements are falsification of history and reality.
Another student from Birzeit University Haya Nizar, who is also one of the protesters against the visit, says that Obama is not a guest, but rather an enemy who came to give his orders to the weak side.
The citizen Mahmoud Salem from Ein Misbah district calls for a real Palestinian unity, and a halt for the security cooperation between the Authority and the occupation.
Obama arrived on Thursday before noon to the city of Ramallah in his first visit as president of the United States of America. Obama’s helicopter landed in the presidential headquarters, and he was received by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, and a number of PA officials.
(Source / 22.03.2013)