UAE, Bahrain ac­tivists high­light public re­sent­ment of deals with Is­rael

Daily Messenger - - Internatio­nal -

DUBAI: Emi­rati cam­paign­ers and Bahraini NGOs have ex­pressed their op­po­si­tion to the US-bro­kered deals that the two Arab king­doms have signed to es­tab­lish for­mal re­la­tions with the oc­cu­py­ing Is­raeli regime in a be­trayal of fel­low Pales­tini­ans.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump presided over the sign­ing of the nor­mal­iza­tion agree­ments be­tween Is­rael and the two Per­sian Gulf Arab coun­tries. Dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the White House, Trump said “five or six” other coun­tries were close to mak­ing sim­i­lar deals with Is­rael, but did not name them.

How­ever, peo­ple in Pales­tine and other Mus­lim states re­jected the peace treaties with Is­rael, which has been shunned be­cause of its decades-long oc­cu­pa­tion of the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries.

Ac­cord­ing to Turkey’s Anadolu news agency, 17 NGOs in Bahrain, along with the Gen­eral Fed­er­a­tion of Work­ers Trade Unions, stressed that nor­mal­iza­tion ac­cords with Is­rael would not bring about peace.

“All forms of nor­mal­iza­tion with the Zion­ist en­tity ini­ti­ated by some coun­tries have nei­ther pro­duced peace nor re­stored the usurped rights of the Pales­tinian peo­ple,” they said in a state­ment.

The deals “en­cour­aged the en­emy (Is­rael) to com­mit more crimes against Pales­tine and the holy Arab and Mus­lim sites, fore­most of which is holy Jerusalem [al-Quds],” it added.

They also re­it­er­ated their com­mit­ment “to the con­stants of the Bahraini peo­ple re­gard­ing the just Pales­tinian cause and the pro­vi­sions of the con­sti­tu­tion that crim­i­nal­ize nor­mal­iza­tion with the Zion­ist en­tity.”

“What is known as a peace treaty be­tween Bahrain and the Zion­ist en­emy un­der the aus­pices of the US ad­min­is­tra­tion has brought about tremen­dous shock, re­sent­ment and wide­spread pop­u­lar re­jec­tion among the Bahraini peo­ple, their po­lit­i­cal forces, civil so­ci­ety in­sti­tu­tions and all na­tional ac­tors and per­son­al­i­ties,” the NGOs con­cluded.

Pales­tine Char­ter gar­ners over 1mn sig­na­tures

In an­other devel­op­ment, over one mil­lion peo­ple signed the “Pales­tine Char­ter,” a pe­ti­tion launched by Emi­rati ac­tivists in re­jec­tion of any Arab nor­mal­iza­tion with Is­rael. The Char­ter — pub­lished on “char­terof­pales­­paign” — reads, “Be­liev­ing in the jus­tice of the Pales­tinian cause and fol­low­ing my re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards it, I am hon­ored to sign the Pales­tine Char­ter, un­der which I af­firm that Pales­tine is an oc­cu­pied Arab state and its lib­er­a­tion is a duty.”

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