Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip to denounce the deals struck between the UAE, Bahrain, and Israel to normalise relationships, which are being considered a “stab in the back of the Palestinians”.
A deal, brokered by the United States between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahraini and Emirati officials was struck on Tuesday at the White House, as reported by Al Jazeera.
However, the West Bank cities of Nablus and Hebron, as well as Gaza, were flooded with demonstrators holding Palestinian flags and wearing face masks while carrying banners that read “Treason”, “No to normalisation with the occupier”, and “The agreements of shame”.
Pictures of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan were trampled on and burnt for the roles that they played in the most significant agreement between Arab countries and Israel in a quarter-century.
Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), said that any deal that does not result in Israel’s withdrawal from the lands it occupies will never bring peace to the Middle East.
“Peace, security, and stability will not be achieved in the region until the Israeli occupation ends,” he said in a statement after the signing ceremony, condemned by Palestinians as a “betrayal” of their cause.
Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, says that the Palestinians suffering in the region will not recognise the deal as any kind of progress, because it won’t change the status quo of their lives under Israeli occupation.
“Peoples of the region will continue to deal with this occupation as their true enemy,” Zuhri said.
“We call on the UAE and Bahrain to backtrack from the agreement with Israel and go back to being supportive of the Palestinians in the same way we’ve always known them to be, and we wish no other Arab country would ever make an agreement with Israel,” said Mohammad Mohanna, a Palestinian protester from Hebron.
“At a time where companies in the West are boycotting Israel, two Arab countries are about to make trade agreements with it.”