Families of Palestinians in Israel jails protest French FM

Locals were angry that she did not apparently refer to the Palestinians in Israeli jails.

Families of Palestinians in Israel jails protest French FM

 

A crowd of Palestinians protested French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie as she toured through the Gaza Strip on Friday, witnesses said.

Locals said the protesters were relatives of Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons in a protest over a statement which was "mistakenly" attributed to the French minister when she met with the parents of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Jerusalem a day earlier.

Dozens of angry Palestinians blocked her jeep, banging their fists on the bonnet and shouting "Get out of Gaza!" as she arrived in the Israel-besieged territory.

Demonstrators later pelted her vehicle with eggs and threw shoes at the windscreen as she tried to leave a hospital that she had just visited.

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(Relatives of Palestinians being held in Israeli jails try to block French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie from entering the Gaza Strip as security personnel try to clear the way January 21.)

 

At the meeting, father Noam Shalit asked Alliot-Marie to press the European Union to "condemn as a war crime" the capture of his son.

However shortly afterwards, Israel's public radio posted a story on its Arabic-language website "mistakenly" quoting Alliot-Marie as saying the European Union "must condemn the war crime that Hamas is committing by keeping Gilad Shalit in captivity."

The report was quickly picked and republished by other Arabic-language news sites, prompting a sharply-worded response from Gaza's Hamas rulers.

Locals were angry that she did not apparently refer to the Palestinians in Israeli jails.

Hamas has demanded the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in return for handing back Shalit.



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