Washington /PNN /
Dozens of Israeli peace activists and members of the Palestinian community in the United States protested against the visit of Israeli extremist Finance Minister Batshellet Smotrich outside his residence.
The demonstration came after recent calls demanding that the US State Department not grant the Israeli minister a visa to enter the United States.
According to American media sources, Batshellet Smotrich will not meet with US officials during his visit, which was considered an official boycott of the visit. His meetings will be limited to Jewish community leaders and delivering a speech at the "Bundes" conference dedicated to supporting the occupation state.
Two weeks ago, Smotrich made racist statements, saying "I think the village of Hawara should be erased. I think that's what the state of Israel should do."
The extremist Israeli minister's remarks sparked angry reactions from Arab and international communities, and US State Department spokesman Ned Price described Smotrich's comments as reprehensible, repugnant, and irresponsible.