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Amnesty on Arab-Israeli normalization: Any process seeking 'just' solution to Palestinian issue must halt settlements

Palestinians carry placards during a protest in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on September 12, 2020, to condemn the normalization of ties between Israeli and Bahrain. (Photo by AFP)

Amnesty International has reacted to the latest revelations of Arab-Israeli normalization, saying any process aimed at finding a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must include the removal of illegal settlements.

In a post published on Twitter on Saturday, the rights group said all Israeli systematic human rights violations against Palestinians must come to an end, while justice and compensation must be paid to victims of crimes as per international law.

No agreement "can change the legal duties of Israel as an occupying power in according with international humanitarian law and international human rights law, nor deprive the Palestinians of their rights and protections guaranteed by international law," the tweet added.

فلا يمكن لأي اتفاق دبلوماسي أن يغير الواجبات القانونية لإسرائيل كقوة محتلة بموجب القانون الإنساني الدولي والقانون الدولي لحقوق الإنسان، ولا أن يحرم الفلسطينيين من حقوقهم ومن الحماية التي يكفلها القانون الدولي.

— منظمة العفو الدولية (@AmnestyAR) September 11, 2020

This came shortly after Bahrain declared it would follow the United Arab Emirates in normalizing ties with Israel.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump announced the normalization of diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel.

It came roughly a month after a similar announcement by Trump on a deal between the UAE and Israel to forge formal ties.

The US president has pointed to both announcements as foreign policy achievements, which he is likely to tout in the closing stretch of the 2020 presidential campaign.

Bahraini officials are expected to join Emirati and Israeli representatives at the White House next week for a formal signing ceremony.

All Palestinian factions have unanimously denounced the normalization agreements between Israel and the Persian Gulf Arab countries as a stab in the back of the oppressed Palestinian nation and a betrayal of their cause.

'Historical crime'

Separately on Saturday, Jordan's largest and most organized political party, the Islamic Action Front (IAF), censured the Israel-Bahrain normalization agreement as a historical crime against Palestinians, calling on the Manama regime to reconsider its decision.

The statement said that the Al Khalifah regime must instead take a position in line with that of the Bahraini people who support the Palestinian cause and the resistance front.

The "sinister and humiliating" normalization agreements with Israel will not undermine the battle of the Palestinian people and their resistance against the occupation, it said, adding that such agreements will fail to deprive the Palestinians of their inalienable right to their land and holy sites in the occupied territories.

'Normalization encourages more Israeli aggression'

The Yemeni foreign ministry has also condemned in the strongest terms the Bahraini regime’s declaration of a normalization deal with Israel.

In a statement carried by Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah television network on Saturday, the ministry said normalization with the Tel Aviv regime is a disregard of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and a betrayal to the martyrs that were killed in defense of the Palestinian cause.

It said that such deals will encourage Israel to commit more acts of violation against the Palestinian people.

The statement further reiterated the position of the Yemeni nation in rejecting all forms of normalization with the Israeli regime.

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