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Protests at shameful betrayal of Palestinian cause as Bahrain and UAE sign Israeli deal in Washington

PALESTINIANS and their allies protested against the normalisation of relations with Israel yesterday as Bahrain became the latest Arab nation to sign a peace deal with Tel Aviv.

The Palestinian National Leadership for Popular Resistance said it would continue the struggle against the US’s so-called deal of the century and to defeat “the agreements of shame and betrayal concluded by the rulers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain” with Israel.

Palestinian flags were flown in cities, villages and refugee camps to show opposition to the deals which were formally signed in Washington yesterday.

Demonstrations also took place at the embassies and consulate buildings of Bahrain, Israel, the UAE, and the US.

A ceremony was held on the White House lawn attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marking the first time Arab nations have established relations with Israel since Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

Details of the deal, known as the Abraham Agreements, are unclear. But a White House official explained it would be one common document with separate bilateral agreements between Israel and the two Arab countries.

The Palestinian-led international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign said in a statement: “Today’s White House photo-op won’t lead to peace or justice. It’s a cynical deal by corrupt, fanatical Israeli, Emirati, Bahraini and US rulers to sustain their brutal repression and rights violations.”

It accused the leaders of Bahrain and UAE of “selling out the Palestinian people, ignoring their own citizens, for their belligerent and capitalist interests.”

The shameful deals “will only escalate apartheid Israel’s ongoing land theft, ethnic cleansing, and siege of two million Palestinians in the Gaza ghetto,” it said.

BDS called for “lawful, targeted sanctions to stop Israel’s occupation and apartheid” and to “intensify pressure for a military embargo on apartheid Israel.”

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