Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip to protest against Emirati and Bahraini normalization agreements with Israel.
The treaties were signed on Tuesday at the White House. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu met Bahraini and Emirati officials.
Demonstrations were organized in the West Bank cities of Nablus and Hebron and in Gaza. Protests were also held in Ramallah. People were seen holding Palestinian flags and wearing face masks.
Banners were displayed reading “Treason”, “No to normalization with the occupier”, and “The agreements of shame”.
One of the Palestinian demonstrator Emad Essa from Gaza said if people walk through 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”.
He told the international news agency, “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,”
“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.”
The Palestinian Unified National Command of Popular Resistance called for protests to reject deals. Activists on social media launched the hashtag “Black Day”.
Pro-Palestine activists worldwide call today, 15 Sep., the day when UAE, Bahrain, and the Israeli occupation will sign the peace deal, the #Black_Day #اليوم_الأسود, calling for supporters of the Palestinian cause to condemn the deal on social media and through demonstrations. pic.twitter.com/pa14vsn79Y
— Days of Palestine (@DaysofPalestine) September 15, 2020