Palestinian Forces Evacuate U.S. Delegation From Ramallah After Protesters Pelt Eggs

The Palestinian demonstrators were protesting Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Palestinian police prevent demonstrators from attacking a police vehicle carrying a US delegation in Ramallah on February 22, 2018.
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Dozens of Palestinian activists attacked an American delegation visiting a Palestinian research and polling center near Ramallah in the West Bank Thursday. The delegation had to be evacuated from the city by Palestinian police forces.

The Palestinian protestors threw eggs and vegetables at the Americans outside the research center. They also waved Palestinian flags and held signs reading: “The U.S. is part of the problem, not the solution,” referring to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December, reported the Palestine News Network.

Other banners called to dismantle Jewish settlements in the West Bank and used the slogan “#HandsOffJerusalem,” reported PNN.

A similar incident occurred in Bethlehem in late January, in which Palestinian activists halted a meeting between the Palestinian Authority's chamber of commerce and representatives of the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem.

Demonstrators protesting Trump's policy on Jerusalem threw tomatoes at the Americans’ SUV, which had U.S. consular license plates, kicked one of its doors and ripped the plastic casing off a side mirror as it drove off under Palestinian police escort from the Bethlehem chamber of commerce.