Palestinians protested throughout the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Friday expressing their anger at the United Arab Emirates government for normalizing ties with Israel while the latter continues to occupy and oppress Palestinians.
“Hundreds of Palestinians protested in separate areas of the West Bank, denouncing the UAE’s agreement to officially normalize its relations with Israel, Anadolu news agency reported.
The popular anger mirrored the unanimous rejection of the agreement by the Palestinian Authority and all Palestinian political groups.
“The UAE has come out in the open on its secret dealings/normalization with Israel. Please don’t do us a favor. We are nobody’s fig leaf!” senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement on Thursday.
In occupied Jerusalem, Palestinian protesters gathered in the vicinity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where they burned UAE flags and pictures of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed.
Palestinians at the Dome in Jerusalem burn the UAE flag and deface picture of its leader to protest normalization of relations between Israel and the Gulf Sheikhdom. pic.twitter.com/O1wgK6WmkO
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) August 14, 2020
In the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank, hundreds of Palestinians also burned posters of bin Zayed, along with pictures of right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump.
— PTV UK (@Presstvuk) August 14, 2020
The scene was repeated in the Palestinian city of Al-Khalil (Hebron) and other towns throughout occupied Palestine.
Palestinian outrage in #Hebron, burns the flags of "United Arab Emirates" in protest against the normalization agreement with #Israel. #التطبيع_خيانه#جمعه_مباركه#الامارات#14AugustAzadiDay pic.twitter.com/f1ZHyjapig
— Haidar Akarar (@HaidarAkarar) August 14, 2020
In the town of Kafr Qaddum, Israeli occupation soldiers violently suppressed similar protests.
Injuries in clashes with the Israeli occupation forces in Kafr Qaddum in the West Bank, after the occupation forces' assault on the protests in refusal of full normalization and the alliance between the Emirates and the Israeli occupation entity pic.twitter.com/IWPjVzbPe5
— Shehab News Agency (@ShehabAgencyEn) August 14, 2020
Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip also protested the agreement, vowing to carry on with their struggle despite ‘Arab betrayal’ of their cause.
Palestinians take part in a protest against the United Arab Emirates' deal with Israel to normalise relations, in Gaza abd the occupied West Bank on August 14, 2020. #FreePalestane pic.twitter.com/9bV0QZN3iB
— Rayees Ahmad Malik (@RayeesAhmad01) August 14, 2020
(The Palestine Chronicle)