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Protesters in Jerusalem to Laura Bush

22 May 2005 at 7:55:46 AM

"Why do you hassle our Muslims?"

A group of women studying inside the mosque were clearly annoyed at the intrusion and waved their fingers at the U.S. entourage. Despite the chaos at both sites, Mrs. Bush kept smiling and did not say much.

PhotoProtesters chant while United States first lady Laura Bush visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem, May 22, 2005. Protesters jostled and harangued Mrs. Bush Sunday when she visited the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem's walled Old City. Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters
PhotoU.S. first lady Laura Bush is surrounded by security as she leaves the Dome of the Rock on Sunday, May 22, 2005 in Jerusalem, Israel. Protesters besieged Laura Bush during her visit Sunday to two of Jerusalem's most sacred sites, with Israeli police locking arms to restrain the crowd and Secret Service agents packed tightly around America's first lady. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Scuffles broke out

Police held back several dozen demonstrators shouting slogans calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard, a Jewish American who was jailed for life in 1987 on charges of spying for Israel

A handful of protestors shouting "Death to America" were held back by police as Bush entered the golden-topped Dome of the Rock.

Commenting on the First Lady's visit to the mosque, the Islamic militant group Hamas said it demonstrated US support for Israel's claim to occupied east Jerusalem, including the revered compound.

This visit "confirms the American position that Jersualem is the capital of the Zionists, and this will give more legality to the continuated occupation of this place, which is of prime importance for Muslims," Hamas said.

"We do not reject any visit by anyone to the Al-Aqsa but we see Mrs Bush's visit as an attempt to whiten the face of America after the ugly crime carried out by US investigators against the Koran," it said.


U.S. first lady Laura Bush rushes back to her car after visiting the Western Wall and the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City Sunday May 22, 2005. Anti-U.S. protesters heckled Laura Bush at a major Islamic holy shrine on Sunday, during a Mideast tour meant to defuse growing anti-American sentiment in the region.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Update: Juan Cole on Bush's responsibility for putting his wife in this type of danger in a mob scene

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