Hundreds of Palestinians protested Tuesday within the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, denouncing the Emirati and Bahraini normalisation agreements with Israel as rockets had been fired into the nation.
The offers, brokered by the United States, had been signed on Tuesday on the White House, the place Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Bahraini and Emirati officers.
Clutching Palestinian flags and sporting face masks for cover in opposition to the coronavirus, demonstrators rallied within the West Bank cities of Nablus and Hebron and in Gaza. Dozens additionally took half in an illustration in Ramallah, home of the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Banners had been displayed studying “Treason”, “No to normalisation with the occupier”, and “The agreements of shame”.
UAE and Bahrain signal historic offers in US with Israel
Palestinian demonstrator Emad Essa from Gaza stated if individuals stroll by way of the coastal enclave “you’ll see hundreds of Gazan youth who have lost their legs and got crippled for life for just for merely protesting against the Israeli blockade”.
“And in the West Bank and Jerusalem, the Israeli bulldozers continue to demolish Palestinian homes and ethnically cleanse the Palestinians out of their villages and cities on a daily basis,” Essa instructed Al Jazeera.
“That’s just the tip of the iceberg of Israeli crimes against the Palestinians, and the UAE and Bahrain somehow chose to reward Israel for these crimes by making agreements with it. The deals are stains of shame on the forehead of those leaders who sold the Palestinian cause for a very cheap price.”
Protesters trampled photos of Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan earlier than they had been burned.
The ceremony in Washington, DC marked the primary such vital settlement between Arab nations and Israel in a quarter-century.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas stated that solely Israel’s withdrawal from occupied territories can convey peace to the Middle East.
“Peace, security, and stability will not be achieved in the region until the Israeli occupation ends,” he stated in a press release after the signing ceremony, condemned by Palestinians as a “betrayal” of their trigger.
Palestinians in Gaza City attend a protest in opposition to the settlement between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain [Mohammed Saber/EPA]
The Palestinian Unified National Command of Popular Resistance referred to as for protests to reject the normalisation offers. In a press release, it referred to as for Friday to be thought-about “a day of mourning in which black flags are raised in all squares, buildings and homes”.
Activists on social media launched the hashtag “Black Day” in Arabic to mark the 2 Gulf states’ official recognition of Israel.
Pro-Palestine activists worldwide name at the moment, 15 Sep., the day when UAE, Bahrain, and the Israeli occupation will signal the peace deal, the #Black_Day #اليوم_الأسود, calling for supporters of the Palestinian trigger to sentence the deal on social media and thru demonstrations. pic.twitter.com/pa14vsn79Y
— Days of Palestine (@DaysofPalestine) September 15, 2020
Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, stated the Bahrain and UAE agreements wouldn’t convey Israel peace within the area. “Peoples of the region will continue to deal with this occupation as their true enemy,” he stated.
In Ramallah, the de facto capital of the PA, there was a small protest at which 200 individuals gathered in a central sq..
Mohammad Mohanna, a Palestinian protester from Hebron, stated: “We name on the UAE and Bahrain to backtrack from the settlement with Israel and return to being supportive of the Palestinians in the identical approach we have at all times recognized them to be, and we want no different Arab nation would ever make an settlement with Israel.
“At a time where companies in the West are boycotting Israel, two Arab countries are about to make trade agreements with it.”
The secretary of the central committee of the Fatah Party, Jibril Rajoub, instructed reporters “what is happening today in Washington is a form of collapse of the official Arab order”.
في #اليوم_الأسود تواقيع الخونة على اتفاقيات الذل والعار لن تساوي الحبر الذي تُخط فيه،فلسطين قضية الاحرار وستبقى قبلة الثوار،المجد لأرضها،لمقدساتها،لأهلها الصامدين فيها،للقابضين على آلام البعد ومفاتيح العودة،للمقاومين الذين يتهيؤون لصلاة النصر،موعدهم الصبح #أليس_الصبح_بقريب
— ibtissam (@ibtissamalchami) September 15, 2020
Translation: On this black day, the traitors’ signatures on the agreements of disgrace and humiliation just isn’t definitely worth the ink they wrote in. Palestine is the reason for the free individuals and can stay the compass of revolutionaries.
Rockets fired from Gaza
Two rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel on the similar time the ceremony was being held. Sirens sounded within the cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod simply north of the Gaza Strip.
The Magen David Adom emergency service stated paramedics handled and evacuated two individuals with non-life-threatening wounds from shrapnel. No group claimed accountability.
Protesters burn mock coffins of the UAE and Bahraini agreements in entrance of the United Nations workplace in Gaza City [Adel Hana/AP]
Osama Hasan, who took half within the protests in Hebron, referred to as the normalisation settlement a “stab in the back of the Palestinians”.
“Despite the heartbreak over it, we have always known the road to freedom is long and hard, and needs patience and sacrifice,” he stated. “We will preserve strolling that highway and preserve preventing till we earn our freedom and set up the Palestinian state.
“The Palestinian people are here to stay … Our resolve, resilience, and steadfastness will not be affected by those who let us down and abandoned us.”
Demonstrator Ibrahim Ouda instructed Al Jazeera that the Palestinian individuals are uniting in opposition to “all the conspiracies that are meant to undermine Palestinians’ rights”.
“If Israel wants peace, then the only way real peace can happen in the region is through giving us our freedom and ending the occupation,” Ouda stated.
Meanwhile, dozens of Bahrainis took to the streets to protest the deal the dominion signed with Israel. There had been at the least two small demonstrations in northern areas of Bahrain, the place protesters chanted anti-Israel slogans and stepped on Israeli flags amid a heavy police presence.
The Bahraini opposition Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society wrote on Twitter: “At the moment of treason and when they sign on the conspiracy against al-Quds [Jerusalem] and Palestine, we shout God is Great, God is Great.”
Ali Adam in Gaza City contributed to this report