Palestinians mourn Osama bin Laden, rebuke Obama

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

International media outlets suggest that Osama bin Laden's star had been on the wane across the Muslim world in recent years. But there is one place that was not true - amongst the Palestinian Arabs, where the Al Qaeda leader still enjoyed relatively high approval ratings.

A recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that 38 percent of Palestinian Muslims supported bin Laden. Some Jerusalem Arabs demonstrated that support on Monday evening when they gathered to mourn bin Laden's assassination by American forces.

Dozens of Arabs from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan gathered for an evening vigil punctuated with rock attacks on Israeli police officers stationed nearby.

The Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem were the scene of mass Arab celebrations following the successful Al Qaeda attacks on America on September 11, 2001.

In Gaza, Hamas harshly condemned the killing of bin Laden. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh referred to bin Laden as a "modest man and a Muslim warrior."

Israeli Arab lawmaker Ibrahim Sarsour accused US President Barack Obama of assassinating bin Laden so that he can win next year's presidential election.

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