Obama’s heckler asked about Rachel Corrie, not Jonathan Pollard

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Dana Milbank’s latest Washington Post column on Obama’s trip mentions that heckler during the Thursday speech:

“Even a heckler demanding the release of Jonathan Pollard, a spy for Israel, didn’t interfere with Obama’s friendly spirit. “I have to say, we actually arranged for that because it made me feel at home,” he told the crowd.

The claim apparently originated in a White House press pool report which we also propagated:

There was a heckler about 15 minutes into remarks. Man standing to Obama’s left back near center press platform began shouting in Hebrew. A reliable Hebrew speaker seated near pool says the shouting was about Pollard. We presume calling for his release. Pool couldn’t see what happened to the heckler. “This is part of the lively debate that we talked about,” Obama said after pausing for the interruption. The crowd seemed to boo the heckler then began applauding. Eventually most in the audience rose to their feet, giving the president a standing ovation. The friendly response seemed to be unanimous or nearly so.

Linah Alsaafin reported at EI:

Twenty-five-year-old Rabeea Eid, a student activist and member of the National Democratic Assembly, had heard and had enough. He stood up in the middle of Obama’s speech and called him out on three issues that summarized the flaccid nature and flagrant inefficacy of Obama’s visit to occupied Palestine.

“Did you really come here for peace or to give Israel more weapons to kill and destroy the Palestinian people? Did you happen to see the apartheid wall on your way here?”

“There are Palestinians sitting in this hall. This state should be for all of its citizens, not a Jewish state only.”

“Who killed Rachel Corrie? Rachel Corrie was killed by your money and weapons!”

The Washington Post has itself corrected the error. “Obama heckled in Jerusalem,” by Rachel Weiner:

The man was shouting in Hebrew. He later identified himself as Rabeea Eid, an Arab-Israeli student activist from Haifa University. He questioned whether President Obama really supported peace and asked about the death of Rachel Corrie, an American activist who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003. In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, Eid called Obama’s speech “extremist and Zionist.”

I am told that Wolf Blitzer propagated the Pollard error. Not sure if he’s corrected it. (Blitzer also picked Georgetown to win everything in the NCAAs; Florida Gulf Coast, a 15-seed, spoiled that prediction last night)
Milbank also wrote of Obama’s demands on this trip: “It was a tacit admission of failure, yet everybody seemed happier with the scaled-back aspirations.”
Does Dana seriously believe Palestinians were happier with “scaled-back aspirations” that leave occupation in place?

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