Israeli-Palestinian Peace Group Stoned

RAMALLAH (AP) -
Palestinian riot police block the entrance of the hotel in Ramallah where a meeting of Israelis and Palestinians was broken up by rock-throwing protesters on Thursday. (Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
Palestinian riot police block the entrance of the hotel in Ramallah where a meeting of Israelis and Palestinians was broken up by rock-throwing protesters on Thursday. (Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

Palestinians threw rocks Thursday at a hotel in Ramallah, shattering windows and breaking up a meeting of Israeli and Palestinian peace activists.

The conference was cut short and three dozen Israeli participants were rushed out the back door, put on Palestinian police buses and driven to safety, organizers said.

The gathering was to have marked the start of two days of meetings by a grassroots group bringing ordinary Israelis and Palestinians staging together for mock peace talks, organizers said.

Protesters said they object to attempts at normalizing Israeli-Palestinian relations at a time when Israel maintains control over Yehudah and Shomron.

About 35 Israelis and 50 Palestinians participated in Thursday’s gathering, the first the group has held in the area, said Palestinian organizer Ibrahim Enbawi.

Israeli and Palestinian flags were set up in the hotel’s conference room.