There are small demonstrations near Bethlehem against Obama, with several dozen people, according to Channel 2. The channel’s correspondent quotes a local imam as saying in his Friday sermon that the US is “the root of all evil in the world.”
The channel’s Arab affairs expert, Ehud Yaari, says Bethlehem — once a Christian town — now has a solid Muslim majority with broad support for Hamas. The Palestinian Authority has made strenuous efforts to secure the city for the visit, he says.
There are also protests at mosques in Amman, Jordan, which is the next stop on Obama’s trip, Yaari says.