Thursday Mar 21, 201304:07 PM GMT
Palestinian lawyers file lawsuit against US president
US President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One upon his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 20, 2013.
US President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One upon his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 20, 2013.
Palestinian lawyers have taken legal action against US President Barack Obama upon his arrival in Israel as part of his Middle East tour.


The lawsuit is in connection with the death of a Palestinian journalist who was killed during the US-led invasion of Iraq ten years ago. The lawyers have said the US administration is to blame for the death of Reuters cameraman, Mazen Dana.

They want Obama, as US president, to shoulder responsibility for his death. The lawsuit has been filed in the West Bank city of Ramallah, which Obama is due to visit on Thursday.

On Wednesday, President Obama arrived in Tel Aviv as protests against his visit escalated in the occupied West Bank.

Obama was welcomed at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv by his Israeli counterpart, Shimon Peres, and the Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu.

Upon his arrival, Obama reiterated Washington’s pledge of unwavering commitment to Israel.

Palestinian demonstrators had held protest rallies earlier on the day against Obama’s planned visit to the occupied West Bank, saying Obama is not doing enough to stop Israel’s settlement activities and the arbitrary arrest of Palestinians by Israeli troops.

The protest rallies took place in the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) as well as the city of Gaza where protesters chanted anti-Obama slogans.

In December 2012, Israeli officials said they would go ahead with plans to build several thousands more of settler units on Palestinian territories, despite the opposition of the United Nations and the international community to the measure.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The UN and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

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