Shoe-throwing phenomenon reaches Bethlehem

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

A 15-year-old Palestinian boy is in jail after hurling his shoe in protest at Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad in Bethlehem last week.

The Jerusalem Post reports that the boy threw his shoe and an orange at Fayad's vehicle as it passed along a main thoroughfare in the Judean town.

Eyewitnesses said that PA police officers chased the boy down, beat him savagely and then took him to prison.

Palestinian journalists who relayed the story to the Post said they had been threatened by PA police officials to keep the incident quiet.

Hurling one's shoe at someone is considered a personal insult in the Arab world. The act became the focus of the international media in December when an Iraqi reporter hurled his shoe at US President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad.

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