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Over 50 US groups to protest the UAE and Bahrain normalization with Israel during deal signing 

Within a week of the deal’s announcement, a secret clause within the deal to sell tens of billions of dollars in weapons to the UAE was revealed. On September 11, 2020, it was announced that Bahrain—another repressive Gulf country involved in the brutal war in Yemen—will also sign a deal to normalize relations with Israel, also without any concessions for Palestinians. It is understood that Bahrain would not be able to make such an agreement without the tacit approval of Saudi Arabia, the leader of the war in Yemen.

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On Tuesday, September 15, Donald Trump will host a ceremonial signing of deals to normalize relations between Israel and the UAE and Israel and Bahrain. Activists will gather to protest these deals which are not about peace but about furthering Israel’s systems of occupation and apartheid. The protest will be led by a coalition of over 50 Palestinian rights organizations and groups, many of which are led by Palestinian Americans and Arab Americans.

The U.S.-brokered deal which will be signed at the White House by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan is an underhanded way to maintain Israel’s status quo of land theft and apartheid and should be seen in the context of over three years of Trump administration policies that have supported Israel’s war on the Palestinians: moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognizing the illegally occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory, and creating a so-called peace plan with no Palestinian participation or input. Supposedly, the UAE-Israel normalization deal, which is part of the Trump administration’s fake peace plan, would benefit Palestinians by halting de jure annexation of the West Bank, but not only is de facto annexation a daily reality for Palestinians, but Netanyahu, in his Israeli press conference announcing the deal, said that de jure annexation was “still on the table” and that it was something he is “committed to.”

Within a week of the deal’s announcement, a secret clause within the deal to sell tens of billions of dollars in weapons to the UAE was revealed. On September 11, 2020, it was announced that Bahrain—another repressive Gulf country involved in the brutal war in Yemen—will also sign a deal to normalize relations with Israel, also without any concessions for Palestinians. It is understood that Bahrain would not be able to make such an agreement without the tacit approval of Saudi Arabia, the leader of the war in Yemen.

The normalization of relations between the UAE and Bahrain and Israel, facilitated by the U.S., serves to prop up repressive leaders — US president Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE King Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (MBZ), Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa — guilty of gross human rights abuses and war crimes.

A coalition of over 50 organizations and groups that will be protesting on Tuesday released a statement (full statement below) clarifying that calling the deal between Israel and the UAE, the “Abraham Accord”, is nothing more than a thinly veiled ploy “to represent the anti-colonial struggle of the indigenous Palestinians as a religious and fratricidal fight between “the children of Abraham.” It is not. The coalition’s statement takes on the UAE calling them out as, “complicit in Israel’s ongoing theft, colonization, and annexation of Palestinian land. Rather than benefit Palestinians, these deals put an Arab seal of approval on what is one of the world’s worst, most enduring and well-documented records of human rights abuses and grave breaches of international law.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Palestinians : Bahrain-Israel normalization deal is a betrayal of Jerusalem

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The Palestinian leadership strongly rejects and condemns the American-Bahraini-Israeli tripartite declaration on the normalization of relations between the occupying state of Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain, and considers it a betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa, and the Palestinian cause.

According to Wafa Offical news agency, This step is a token of support for legitimizing the ugly crimes of the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people, at a time when the occupying state is consolidating its takeover and annexation of the Palestinian land by military force. It also comes at a time when the occupying state is working hard to Judaize the city of Jerusalem, takes over Islamic and Christian holy sites, and commits crimes against the Palestinian people.

The Palestinian leadership views this step as extremely dangerous, as it blows up the Arab Peace Initiative, the resolutions of the Arab and Islamic summits, and international legitimacy.

The Palestinian leadership rejects this step taken by the Kingdom of Bahrain and calls on it to immediately take it back, as such a step will gravely harm the inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people and joint Arab action.

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The Palestinian leadership renews its call on the brotherly Arab countries to adhere to the Arab Peace Initiative as agreed in 2002 and calls on the international community to adhere to international law and the resolutions of the international legitimacy.

The Palestinian leadership affirms once again that it has not and will not commission anyone to speak in its name, and affirms that peace and stability in the region will only come true by ending the Israeli occupation of all Palestinian and Arab lands, by having the Palestinian people gain their independence in their sovereign state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and by resolving the refugee issue on the basis of UN Resolution 194. Whoever believes that these concessions which come at the expense of the rights of the Palestinian people will serve peace, security, and stability in the region are necessarily deceived.

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From science to classical music, Israel clamps down on Palestinian culture

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The last months have seen Israel crack down on cultural figures and intellectuals in the occupied territories. Critics say the attacks are part of a larger strategy of suppressing Palestinian civil society.

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The money raised for Palestinian hospital : Banksy altered sea view triptych sells for £1.8 m at auction

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Banksy three paintings sold for £ 1.8m Tuesday evening at a charitable auction where Banksy donated the price of the three paintings to a Palestinian hospital in the city of Bethlehem that lives under the Israeli occupation.

A Banksy triptych, which aims to make a powerful political statement on the global migrant crisis, sold for £ 1.8m at a charitable auction in London.

The three paintings were offered by Banksy to raise money for Bethlehem Arab Rehabilitation Hospital “BASR“.

Entitled Mediterranean Sea View 2017, the three traditionally framed paintings appear to be Romantic-era seascapes but the lifebuoys and orange life jackets washed on to the shore tell a different story. Banksy made the additions to the three found paintings.

The paintings were originally created for Banksy’s Walled Off hotel in Bethlehem, which boasts “the worst view of any hotel in the world” – a reference to the barrier it looks out on to that separates Israel from the Palestinian territories.

The piece hung in the lobby of the hotel since 2017 but is now being sold to raise money for a new acute stroke unit and buying children’s rehabilitation equipment for the BASR hospital in Bethlehem.

The hotel, which overlooks the West Bank wall dividing Bethlehem, bills itself as having “the worst view of any hotel in the world” and is filled with original Banksy artwork.

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Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian mosque in fresh price tag attack

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A group of Israeli settlers has torched a mosque in the central sector of the occupied West Bank amid continued acts of vandalism and violence by settlers, known as price tag attacks, against Palestinians and Muslim holy sites.

Palestinian sources, requesting anonymity, said the extremists stormed the city of al-Bireh, located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) north of Jerusalem, in the early hours of Monday and scribbled racial slogans against Arabs and Muslims on the walls of the mosque, before setting parts of it on fire.

Local residents rushed to the site once they took notice of the fire, and managed to extinguish it before it could sweep through the whole building.

The Palestinian Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs denounced the arson attack in a statement, saying it exposes the racist nature of Israel. It further accused Israeli authorities of supporting settler groups as they press ahead with their price tag attacks.

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Speaking at the start of a weekly cabinet session in Ramallah, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh condemned the arson attack as a criminal act and held the Israeli regime responsible for the sacrilegious move.

“This is a criminal and racist act, and we hold the Occupation (Israeli) authorities fully responsible for the assault and the rising level of Israeli settler violence [against Palestinians],” he said.

Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates also censured the attack.

“The Ministry, while seriously following up cases of settlers’ attacks on places of worship, holds the Israeli regime and its prime minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] fully and directly responsible for the latest attack,” it said in a statement.

Moreover, the secretary-general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, decried the arson attack as an act rooted in “racism and apartheid.”

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

According to human rights groups, incidents of sabotage and violence by extremist settlers against Palestinians and their property are a daily occurrence throughout the West Bank.

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Netanyahu finally gets the annexation government he’s been waiting for

Sad day for Palestine and Israel.

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After a year of political deadlock, Netanyahu forms a new governing coalition that prioritizes annexing of the West Bank above all else — including the fight against the coronavirus.

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