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Palestinian offers shoe-throwing reporter a bride

The head of a large West Bank family wants to reward the Iraqi journalist who lobbed his shoes at President George W Bush by getting one of his eligible daughters married to him. Video: Shoe-attack on Bush

world Updated: Dec 19, 2008 18:32 IST

The head of a large West Bank family wants to reward the Iraqi journalist who lobbed his shoes at President George W Bush by sending him a bride.

75-year-old Ahmad Salim Judeh says if journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi is interested the family is willing to take one of its eligible daughters to Iraq along with her dowry.

Judeh says doing so "would be our honuor." He also said on Friday that the 500-member clan had raised $30,000 for al-Zeidi's legal defence.

Al-Zeidi has become something of a folk hero since throwing his shoes at President Bush at a Sunday press conference. Thousands took to the streets in Iraq to protest his arrest, and his actions were heralded across the Arab world as news stations repeatedly showed footage of the incident.