- The Washington Times - Monday, April 8, 2002

From combined dispatches
RABAT, Morocco Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in the Islamic world yesterday to protest Israel's 10-day-old operation on the West Bank and U.S. support for the Jewish state.
The biggest rally filled the main boulevards of the Moroccan capital Rabat. "The five-hour pro-Palestinian march ended in a civilized manner. First estimates put the number of protesters at at least half a million," said a senior government official.
"Sharon assassin, Bush his dog," chanted veiled women and bearded men. "God is great. We want jihad [holy war]."
It was the first pro-Palestinian protest allowed by the Moroccan authorities since October 2000, and took place a few hours before the arrival of Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.
Political leaders, including Socialist Prime Minister Abderrahmane El Youssoufi and other government members, participated. Political groups who organized the march claimed as many as 1 million took part.
Thousands of demonstrators, many of them Palestinian, marched throughout Lebanon. In the center of Beirut, around 3,000 supporters of the militant group Hamas gathered in front of U.N. regional headquarters.
They chanted slogans demanding that Israel's neighbors let exiled Palestinian groups attack the Jewish state across their borders and accusing Egypt and Jordan of treason for maintaining diplomatic ties with Israel.
A similar demonstration organized by pro-Syrian Lebanese groups took place in the country's second city, Tripoli. Around 3,000 supporters of the Palestine Liberation Organization marched in Tyre to the south.
The Lebanese government said it would not tolerate attacks on Israeli targets from its territory and arrested several Palestinians who reportedly fired rockets over the border at Israeli positions last week. Hezbollah guerrillas attacked Israeli troops in a disputed border area yesterday.
In Bahrain, thousands of people chanting "Death to America, Death to Israel" joined a funeral procession for a 24-year-old Bahraini who died of injuries sustained during a violent pro-Palestinian rally at the U.S. Embassy on Friday.
"We call on the government to kick out the American ambassador," Abdul-Amir al-Jamri, an influential Shi'ite Muslim cleric, told mourners setting off from the capital Manama to the village of the dead man, Mohammed Jumaa Ahmed.
Two days ago, thousands of protesters hurled gasoline bombs and stones at the U.S. mission in Bahrain home to the U.S. 5th Fleet to demonstrate against Israeli operations in the West Bank.
Between 3,000 and 5,000 Indonesians, mostly from the Muslim-oriented Justice Party, defied scorching heat to gather near the presidential palace in central Jakarta and burned an effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
On Friday, Indonesian police turned water cannons on hundreds of protesters who tried to approach the U.S. Embassy. Around 85 percent of Indonesia's 210 million population are Muslim.
Angry Muslims took to the streets of European capitals as well.
Hundreds of demonstrators battled in Paris during a march against anti-Semitism, attacking journalists and stabbing a police officer before police dispersed them with tear gas.

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