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May 8, 2001
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The U.S. State Department lashed out at Bashar Assad after the Syrian president said in a speech welcoming the pope to Syria that Israel was oppressing the Palestinians and compared it to the way the Jews had “betrayed” Jesus and the Prophet Mohammad. “There’s no place from anyone or from any side for statements that inflame religious passions and hatred,” State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said.

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