Monday, September 14, 2020

Palestinians call for protests over ‘shameful’ Arab-Israeli agreements

Palestinians call for protests over ‘shameful’ Arab-Israeli agreements
Palestinian leaders on Sunday called for demonstrations against the "shameful" deals the UAE and Bahrain are set to sign with Israel.

Officials from both Gulf states are due to attend a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday to formalize ties with Israel, prompting Palestinian factions to unite in appeals for protest.

"We invite our population, in particular those in [Palestinian] refugee camps, to denounce these shameful agreements," a statement read, signed by groups including the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Gaza's rulers Hamas.

The statement also called for rallies outside embassies of the US, Israel, Bahrain and the UAE.

The Palestinians in August accused Abu Dhabi of a "stab in the back," as the Gulf country became only the third Arab nation after Egypt and Jordan to announce it would have formal relations with Israel.

Bahrain followed suit on Friday, breaking with the long-held stance of Arab leaders that an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is a prerequisite for normalizing relations...

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