Solidifying their reputation as the world's most professional victims, a Palestinian reporter is claiming he was "attacked" by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's security detail.
Harper, a Christian, entered the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, one of his religion's most sacred sites, with only one of his own staff members allowed to film him.
Canadian media were the first to accompany Mr. Harper and when a Palestinian reporter protested not being able to film the Prime Minister in the Church, one of the Palestinian reporters alleges, "..we protested against that, but the guard punched Al-Mahid TV cameraman Amer Hijazi by a metal piece on his fist to Hijazi’s chest."
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedom, which is reporting the incident, does not clarify whether the "metal piece" on the fist of the Prime Minister's guard was a wedding band or a set of the brass knuckles which Canadians are notorious for carrying when traveling abroad.
The Palestinians are condemning the "attack that is a violation of freedom of expression," demanding an apology, an investigation, and call on all journalists not to cover the Canadian Prime Minister's visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
In other news, Mr. Harper, who is frequently accused by enemies of Israel of being anti-Palestinian, oppressed them further when he committed an extra $66 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority.