Canadian Foreign Minister Baird Pelted With Eggs During West Bank Visit
JNS.org – Palestinian protesters threw eggs and shoes at Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird’s convoy after a meeting in Ramallah between Baird and his Palestinian counterpart.
Baird visited Ramallah to urge the Palestinian leadership to refrain from unilateral actions such as joining the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“This person backs up the Zionist movement,” protester Abdullah Abu-Rahmeh said, The Associated Press reported. “This person diminishes the rights of our people, takes part and backs up building of settlements. We tell him that he’s not welcome.”
Under the leadership of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who visited Israel in January 2014, Canada has strongly backed Israel in international bodies such as the U.N.
Last week, the ICC opened up a preliminary inquiry into possible Israeli “war crimes” in the disputed territories following a request by the Palestinians. In a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Baird slammed’s the ICC decision.
“The decision by the prosecutor is deeply ironic, awards terror, and amounts to blasphemy against international law,” Baird said.