Wealthy Palestinian Offers Bride to Iraqi Shoe-throwing Reporter

World | December 19, 2008, Friday // 00:00

The head of a large West Bank family wants to reward the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at the US President George Bush by sending him a bride, International Herald Tribune reported Friday.

Ahmad Salim Judeh says if journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi is interested the family is willing to send one of their daughters to Iraq along with her dowry.

The 75-year-old Judeh stated it would be honour for his family to do so.

He also announced that the 500-member clan had raised USD 30,000 for al-Zeidi's legal defense.

Al-Zeidi has become something of a folk hero in the Middle East since lobbing his shoes at Bush at a Baghdad press conference on Sunday.

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