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Palestinians vandalize Obama banner ahead of visit

Updated at: 03/18/2013 12:09 PM
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(AP) JERUSALEM - Palestinians have vandalized a banner bearing President Barack Obama’s image just days before his visit.

The Palestinians tore down the banner, hurled shoes at it and spray painted it with swastikas. Associated Press TV video showed a taxi driving over the banner before it was set on fire in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Monday.

Obama arrives in Israel on Wednesday. He heads to the West Bank Thursday.

The banner with Obama’s picture is among many hung by activists, asking the president to take note of the lack of 3G frequencies in the West Bank. Israeli authorities control cellular networks there and they have not granted Palestinian telecommunication companies 3G.

The Palestinians have long felt aggrieved by the U.S., accusing it of being biased toward Israel.

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