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Israel cannot understand language of normalization: Fatah leader

Pictures depicting Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah are placed on a donkey during a protest against Israeli settlements and normalization of ties with Israel, in the town of Kafr Qaddum, the occupied West Bank, September 18, 2020. (Photo by Reuters)

Israel does not understand the language of normalization, says a high-ranking member of the Fatah movement, denouncing the recent agreements by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain to establish diplomatic ties with the Tel Aviv regime.

“We (Palestinians) do not know how normalization will serve the Arabs. In time, they will realize they have committed a crime against Palestine, and normalization is not the language that Israel can comprehend,” said Secretary General of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub in an exclusive interview with the London-based and pan-Arab al-Araby al-Jadeed media outlet.

“Everyone is now looking for a channel of communication with us, and our unity, steadfastness and struggle will turn the table on those parties [that embark on normalization with Israel].”

“We will not wave a white flag, and we hope all Arabs will help the Palestinian nation,” Rajoub said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani during an official ceremony hosted by US President Donald Trump at the White House on September 15.

Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital view the move as betrayal of the Palestinian cause.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has censured the deals with Israel, saying they will be fruitless as long as the United States and the Israeli regime do not recognize the rights of the Palestinian nation and refuse to resolve the issue of refugees.

Bahrain summons Shia clergyman critical of Israel normalization

Meanwhile, Bahraini officials have summoned a Shia Muslim cleric after he criticized the recent normalization deal in a speech.

The Arabic-language Bahrain Mirror news website reported that Bahraini security forces had ordered Sheikh Mounir al-Maatouk to appear for questioning.

Prominent Bahraini Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Mounir al-Maatouk (photo via Twitter)

Sheikh Maatouk has said the deal was signed against the will of the Bahraini people, as the nation is known in history to be firmly supporting the Palestinian cause.

Two young Bahraini activists were also arrested in Abu Saiba village, and another in the capital Manama, on charges of participation in protests against the Bahrain-Israel agreement.

Imprisoned Bahraini poet Abdul Hussein Ahmed Ali (photo via Twitter)

Just a few days ago, Abdul Hussein Ahmed Ali , a poet, was arrested and taken into custody over his opposition to the normalization deal.

Moreover, UAE officials have banned a prominent Emirati poetess from travelling abroad over her anti-normalization position.

Veteran poet Dhabiya Khamis wrote in a post published on her Facebook page that she was prohibited by authorities from leaving Dubai International Airport to go to Cairo on Saturday.

“I am Emirati writer Dhabiya Khamis. I was banned from flying today due to an order from Abu Dhabi without specific reason,” she wrote in the Facebook post.

Prominent Emirati poetess Dhabiya Khamis (photo via Twitter)

“Most likely this is because of my publicly announced position against the Zionists and normalization, and I am fearful for my freedom and life from threats and arrest,” the 62-year-old added.

Khamis urged human rights organizations to intervene to hold UAE authorities accountable for “any oppression, arrest, assassination or liquidation” that she might be subjected to.

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