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Palestinians slam UAE decision to end economic boycott of Israel

Demonstrators hold signs reading in Arabic "no to normalization with the Zionist entity" during a protest against the UAE-Israel deal in Yemen's third city of Taez, on August 21, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

Mona Kandil
Press TV, Ramallah

The Palestinian Authority has slammed a decision by the United Arab Emirates to end its economic boycott of Israel and allow trade and financial agreements with the regime.

Palestinians say Emirates’ move, that follows its agreement to normalize ties with the regime, is an act of betrayal and lends support to Israel’s bid to annex West Bank territories, including Jerusalem al-Quds. 

According to the state-run WAM news agency, the move to formally end the boycott came on the orders of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and the Emirates’ leader Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. This comes as an Israeli delegation accompanied by American officials is due to travel Monday from Jerusalem al-Quds to Abu Dhabi on the first ever commercial flight between Israel and the UAE. 

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the UAE’s decision claiming it is an important step in promoting peace and prosperity in the region. His office also said Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi will discuss promotion of cooperation in different sectors including tourism, trade and defense. 

Palestinians are really angry and frustrated that at a time when many nations are moving to boycott Israel, and impose sanctions on the regime, the UAE an Arab and Muslim state has ended its economic boycott of Tel Aviv, this is seen as another stab in the Palestinians' back.

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