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‘I hate the black man in the White House’

The president of the association for victims of Madrid's 2004 terrorist bombings has racially attacked US President Barack Obama and his wife on Twitter over their handling of the Gaza conflict, saying it could lead to future terrorist attacks.

'I hate the black man in the White House'
“I hate the black man in the White House. I love Gaza’s murdered children. His bi*** wife should take the video of (Nigeria’s) kidnapped girls”, tweeted Manjón. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP

Pilar Manjón, head of Spain’s 11-M Foundation (which takes its name from the 11th March 2004 Madrid train bombings), has directed all her ire and frustration over Gaza’s bloody conflict at Barack and Michelle Obama.

In a shocking, racist tweet sent out on Thurday, Manjón writes: “I hate the black man in the White House. I love Gaza’s murdered children. His b**** wife should take the video of (Nigeria’s) kidnapped girls”.

Manjón, whose son died during the Madrid bombings, has publicly blamed Spain’s former Prime Minister José María Aznar for causing the terrorist attack by sending troops to the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The 56-year-old told Spanish news agency Europa Press she sent out the tweet to condemn the “extermination” of the Palestinian people which she claims will “mean more support for the jihadist movement”.

Those who are to blame are Israel and the White House, Manjón added in quoted cited by The Huffington Post.

With regard to her comments towards Michelle Obama, the civil servant and trade unionist said she had no problem in posting a photo of herself with a sign calling for the liberation of the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram, but “says hasn’t said anything about what’s happening in Gaza”.

“If one day Spain or any other European country suffers a terrorist attack like 11-M, we’ll have to look back to what’s happening now to understand it.

“I’ve never expressed my grief over my son by hating Muslims, Gaza is Muslim. But I cry for their dead and I love every one of their murdered children,” Manjón wrote in another tweet.

191 people died and 1,800 were wounded in Madrid’s 2004 train bombings.

The official investigation by a Spanish court found that an Al Qaeda–inspired terrorist cell were responsiblefor the attack although no direct participation by the islamist group has yet been established.

So far in the most recent Gaza conflict, 1,442 Palestians have been killed and 8295 have been wounded. Fifty-six Israeli soldiers and two civilians have also died. 

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Peacekeepers ‘targeted’ by Israel in Lebanon

A confidential Spanish military report on the death of a Spanish UN peacekeeper in Israeli shelling in Lebanon said he was manning a post that appeared to have been targeted, a newspaper reported Sunday

Peacekeepers 'targeted' by Israel in Lebanon
Spanish UN peacekeepers on patrol in Lebanon, July 2013. Photo: Mahmoud Zayyat / AFP

El Pais cited extracts from the report which drew on testimony from soldiers following the January 28 incident when the Israeli military shelled border areas following a Hezbollah attack that left two Israeli soldiers dead.

Corporal Ivan Lopez Sanchez, who was stationed nearby, told investigators that the UN position was clearly targeted.

"Every time, they corrected the trajectory from Majidiye to the 4-28" post, where the UNIFIL peacekeepers were stationed, he said.

Spain and Israel have agreed to carry out a joint probe into the death of 36-year-old corporal Javier Soria Toledo.

Another Spanish soldier, Sergeant Julio Xavier Garcia, echoed Sanchez, saying the shells initially fell about 500 metres (yards) north of the UN post and then they "corrected the trajectory towards the position."

A third soldier said fragmentation bombs were used in the attack and that the shelling finally appeared to target the main watch tower.

El Pais quoted a UN report which said that Israel had warned the UN peacekeepers at 11:40 am not to venture out, without giving any explanation.

Between 11:48 am and 1:43 pm, nearly 120 artillery shells, 90 mortar grenades and five projectiles were fired in the area, El Pais quoted the report as saying.

The 10,000-strong United Nations Interim Force Lebanon (UNIFIL) includes
some 600 Spanish soldiers and troops from 35 other nations.