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Palestinians protest UAE, Bahrain ‘betrayal’ agreement in al-Quds

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)
Palestinians protest Arab normalization with Israel next to the al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds, September 18, 2020. (Image via Shehab News Agency)

Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds have staged a protest against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain over formalization of ties with the Israeli regime.

The demonstration took place next to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound following Friday prayers, Palestine’s al-Shehab News Agency reported.

Prayer-goers could be seen standing and shouting slogans on the premises of the mosque.

“States normalizing relations [with Israel] are traitors!” read a large banner held by protesters.

Bahrain and the UAE signed controversial and US-brokered normalization agreements with Israel during a ceremony in Washington on Tuesday.

The event was slammed by many Arab and Muslim figures as a blatant betrayal of the Palestinian cause.

Also on Friday, a 54-year-old Palestinian doctor was killed in the occupied northern West Bank city of Jenin after Israeli troops threw a flash grenade towards him, triggering a fatal heart attack.

Charter for Palestine garners over 2 million signatures

As of Friday, more than two million signatures have been gathered for the “Charter for Palestine,” a petition launched by Emirati activists in rejection of any Arab normalization with Israel.

The Charter has been endorsed by many pro-Palestine organizations, including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the Persian Gulf Coalition Against Normalization and the Emirati League Against Normalization.

The petition had about one million signatures a day earlier.

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