Palestinian protesters slam Obama over UN speech

By the Associated Press | September 22, 2011 | 11:55 AM EDT

Palestinians school children participate a demo in support of the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition in the United Nations in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. Palestinian protesters have denounced President Barack Obama for his opposition to their bid to win U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Several hundred Palestinian protesters rallied in the West Bank on Thursday, denouncing President Barack Obama for his opposition to their bid to win U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state.

The demonstration took place outside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' office in Ramallah.

Protesters held up anti-Obama signs, including one reading "Obama the hypocrite" and another claiming the American president is siding "with killers against victims." Several youths set a poster of Obama on fire.

Obama told the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday that a state can only be established through negotiations with Israel. The U.S. has said it would block the recognition request in the Security Council.

Abbas says he prefers negotiations but disagrees with Israel over the starting point for talks.