The first lady takes it in her stride

US First Lady Laura Bush has been heckled by both Jewish and Muslim protesters during a visit to Jerusalem's holy sites. As she slipped a note between stones of the Western Wall, Jewish protesters demanded the release of an Israeli jailed in the US for spying for Israel.

At the nearby Dome of the Rock mosque, Palestinians said she was not welcome.

The Temple Mount, known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif, is Judaism's holiest site and Islam's third holiest. A visit there by Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2000 sparked the current Palestinian intifada.

And has the situation improved since the 'sparking' of the intifada, well there is this big bloody fence that they have to wake up to everyday.

Accompanied by the wife of Israeli President Moshe Katsav, Mrs Bush spent a few moments of silence in the women's section at the Western Wall.

Israeli police held back demonstrators demanding the release of Jonathan Pollard, an Israeli American who was jailed in 1987 on charges of spying for Israel. Mrs Bush then rode in a motorcade for the short drive to the adjacent Dome of the Rock mosque - which she described as "magnificent".

Israeli police formed a cordon to prevent Muslim worshippers jostling her. "How dare you come here! Why is your husband killing Muslims?", one shouted.

Anyone jostling and protesting when Saddam killed how many thousand Shiites, well lets not get ourselves into a knot, it's a lot easier to wake up and yell something anti american, no worries, life goes on after that, try that crap against Saddam in the good ol days in Bagdhad, next thing you'll hanging by the legs from the wall, wishing for a power cut.

Palestinian militant group Hamas issued a statement saying "we see in the visit of Mrs Bush an attempt to whitewash the face of the United States, after the crimes that the American interrogators had committed when they desecrated the Koran".

Er, bomb-everyone-forget-questions Hamas, the story was retracted, haven't you see the news lately, maybe you should check. No no why let the truth get in the way of a good ol fashioned Jihad, bugger it, Jihad is becoming over used, intifada part 2, the young and dumb are primed and ready for their speedy, albeit arriving in several parts, journey to paradise.

Mrs Bush arrived in Israel from Jordan where she attended the World Economic Forum conference on the Middle East on Saturday. She urged Arab leaders to expand the rights of women in their societies. "Freedom, especially freedom for women, is more than the absence of oppression," she said. "It's the right to speak and vote and worship freely."

Who does this woman think she is.. coming here calling for freedom for women, vote, good Lord, hasn't she heard, there is democracy all across the Middle East.
Just like in western countries, people of the Middle East are free to criticise the west.


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