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Palestinian media demonstrates in solidarity with Iraqi journalist.

Bethlehem / Najib Farrag - Dozens of West Bank journalists held a sit-in late Thursday morning in solidarity with Iraqi journalist Montather Zaidi. After throwing his shoes at US President George Bush during a press conference in Baghdad this week, Zaidi has taken on folk hero A folk hero is type of hero, real or mythological. The single salient characteristic which makes a character a folk hero is the imprinting of the name, personality and deeds of the character in the popular consciousness.  status.Palestinian journalists called for his immediate release from jail while placing their own shoes on the cobble stone in front of Bethlehem's Church of Nativity. Under Iraqi and Palestinian flags and behind banners reading "Bush Deserved It," local print journalist Hassan Abdel Jawad addressed the cameras and passersby. He said that Palestinian journalists stand in solidarity with Zaidi who "faced a tyrant" and used his shoes to express the "hatred, anger and indignation of millions of Arabs and millions of other oppressed op·press  
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1. To keep down by severe and unjust use of force or authority: a people who were oppressed by tyranny.

 peoples." Abdel Jawad added that the US occupation of Iraq and American arrogance are direct threats to the freedom of expression. He held both the US and Iraqi governments responsible for the life of Zaidi.Palestinian Legislative Council The Palestinian Legislative Council, (sometimes referred to as the Palestinan Parliament) the legislature of the Palestinian Authority, is a unicameral body with 132 members, elected from 16 electoral districts in the West Bank and Gaza.  member Issa Qaraqa' said that the entire Palestinian people For other uses of "Palestinian", see Definitions of Palestine and Palestinian.

Palestinian people (Arabic: الشعب الفلسطيني,
 stand with Zaidi. "When we stand with Zaidi we stand with the oppressed Iraqi people who are under an occupation that repels everything rational. We stand with those under occupation by the US because we are under Israeli occupation that is backed by the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. ." Qaraqa' described the Iraqi journalist as a "hero of freedom because he initially resisted with his pen and then with his shoes." He said, "The expression was a flagrant disregard for the United States-style civil. No one can accuse him of being a terrorist. He expressed his views in the simplest means, but most horrible of all was that he was beaten by US and Iraqi guards in front of the eyes of Bush and Maliki."The PLC member stressed the need to release Zaidi as soon as possible and to escalate the popular campaign in solidarity with him.News photographer Mousa Shar said that the Iraqi journalist was beaten because "America and its allies do not accept freedom of expression." He listed the journalists killed by the US and Israel during the ongoing assaults on both Iraq and Palestine. Shar said that journalists would continue their solidarity actions until Zaidi is released from jail without repercussion.The Palestinian Bar Association and the Arab Liberation Front Arab Liberation Front (Arabic: جبهة التحرير العربية, jabha at-tahrir al-arabiya  joined protesters who said what Zaidi did had great symbolic meaning. Journalist Najib Farrag told PNN PNN Probabilistic Neural Network
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 editors, "I'm able to understand what he did, the act of this journalist. This was an act that has entered history. It was a civil protest, a peaceful protest against Bush."

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Date:Dec 18, 2008
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