Palestinian protestors scare U.S. pols during meeting in Ramallah

ALBANY — A group of state lawmakers traveling through Israel received a scare Thursday when Palestinian protesters burst into a building where they were holding a meeting.

The state Assembly members, who were part of a delegation organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, were evacuated from the building in Ramallah by Palestinian security officers, the JCRC-NY said in a statement. No injuries were reported.

“During the meeting, a small number of Palestinian protesters entered the office and strongly objected to our Palestinian host meeting with a delegation of Americans,” the JCRC-NY said in it’s statement. “The protest eventually grew outside on the street, and Palestinian security forces were alerted to the situation.”

Delegation members remained inside an inner office while the Palestinian security forces cleared an exit path, the statement said. They eventually boarded a Palestinian security van and were escorted to a nearby checkpoint.

According to a report in The Times of Israel, protestors tossed eggs at the group as they left the building. They had been meeting with a researcher at the Palestinian Center for Policy and Research Survey.

Protestors chanted “America is the head of the snake” and “Americans are not welcome in Palestine,” according to the report.

“As Americans, we realize the complexities of the Middle East and felt it important to get all relevant perspectives,” Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx) said in a statement provided by the JCRC-NY. “Today’s incident highlighted those complexities and we are especially thankful to the Palestinian Authority security forces for their quick and professional response that ensured our safety.”

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