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Normalization with Israel will stab Palestinians in back: Parliamentary bloc

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This file photo shows Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul Karim bin Abdulaziz al-Issa (c), secretary general of the Muslim World League, visiting Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp in Brzezinka, near Oswiecim, Poland, on January 23, 2020. (Photo by Reuters)

A Palestinian parliamentary bloc affiliated to the Hamas resistance movement has strongly condemned attempts by a number of Arab countries to normalize relations with the Israeli regime, arguing that such bids seek to kill the Palestinian cause.

The Change and Reform bloc, in a statement released on Thursday, denounced the normalization efforts by some Arab countries as “stabbing a poisonous dagger in the back of the Palestinian cause.”

“While the Zionist occupation is racing against time to implement [US President Donald Trump's so-called] deal of the century at the expense of our historical rights and national fundamentals, some Arab parties are in a rush for normalization with the Occupation, especially cultural ties, though the broadcast of suspicious TV series during the month of Ramadan,” the statement added.

“Such normalization attempts are aimed at fostering a sense of apathy among Arab nations towards the Palestinian cause, and are aimed at altering their mentality, falsifying history and changing facts,” it pointed out.

The remarks came in reaction to the airing of “Umm Haroun,” a new television series produced by the Dubai-based Saudi-owned Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), which has provoked a storm in the Arab world, with critics regarding the drama as an invitation to normalization of ties with Israel. 

Hamas has denounced the TV series as a “political and cultural attempt to introduce the Zionist project to Persian Gulf society.”

“The character of Umm Haroun reminds me of [ex-Israeli prime minister] Golda Meir, the head of the Occupation, who was a murderous criminal. This is the goal of normalization: hatred, slow killing and internal destruction,” senior Hamas official Ra’fat Murra commented.

The new development came after on Wednesday, Hamas official Fazea' Sawafta denounced the recent “suspicious” efforts by some Arab countries, groups and associations to normalize ties with the Israeli regime.

He argued that those parties, through attempts, are actually turning a blind to the immense sufferings of the Palestinian nation.

“We cannot accept normalization with an enemy that occupied and stole our land and lived there like cancer in the body of the Arab nation,” Sawafta commented.

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