German envoy chased from West Bank museum by Palestinian student mob

Gianluca Pacchiani is the Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

The German representative to the Palestinian Authority was chased out of a Palestinian museum by a crowd of students over his country’s support for Israel.

During a visit to the West Bank’s Palestine Museum, which is located on the premises of Birzeit University, about 10 kilometers (six miles) north of Ramallah, Berlin’s diplomat Oliver Owcza is jeered by a group of students shouting “Get out!” and forced to return to his vehicle while a crowd runs after him.

Videos circulating on X show the students hurling objects at the car as it drives off the premises. Gunfire can also be heard.

Germany is considered to be one of Israel’s staunchest allies in Europe. Prime Minister Olaf Scholz was the first of a number of Western leaders who made solidarity visits in the days after Hamas’s October 7 onslaught, and Berlin has intervened on behalf of Israel at the International Court of Justice to refute South Africa’s allegation of “genocide” in Gaza.

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