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Bahrain’s opposition reiterates firm popular commitment to defending Palestinian cause

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)
Bahrainis participate in a demonstration on October 18, 2020 to protest the Manama regime’s signing of a communiqué to formalize ties with Israel. (Photo via Twitter)

Bahrain’s main opposition group, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, has once again condemned normalization of ties between the regimes in Manama and Tel Aviv, stressing that the peace deal with Israel lacks the Bahraini nation’s support and runs counter to the kingdom’s constitution.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, al-Wefaq said its Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Hussein al-Daihi had contacted senior leaders of various Palestinian factions to assure them of the Bahraini people’s unwavering support for the Palestinian cause in the face of the Israeli occupation.

The al-Wefaq leader denounced the ruling Al Khalifah regime’s actions and termed them as invalid and contrary to the principles of Bahraini people.

Daihi further said that the Manama regime’s steps “lack popular and constitutional acceptance” and are “beyond the popular will and approval.”

He said there is “a national consensus” on the rejection of any normalization with the occupying regime.

The Palestinian leaders, in turn, praised the Bahraini nation’s firm stance towards the Palestinian cause and their support for the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights.

They said they were fully aware of the genuine position of Bahrainis, who oppose normalization with Israel.

Al-Wefaq has called for nationwide rallies in Bahrain on Friday in protest at the US-brokered normalization agreements with Israel.

Over the past weeks, several anti-normalization demonstrations have been held in Bahrain, which has harshly suppressed dissent since 2011.

On Sunday, Bahraini and Israeli officials signed a joint communiqué establishing full diplomatic relations. Manama and Tel Aviv regime are now expected to open embassies.

An Israeli delegation, led by Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, flew on an El Al Israel Airlines charter flight from Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, to Bahrain and was accompanied by US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin.

Following the signing, Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani said in a speech that he hoped for “fruitful bilateral cooperation in every field” between his country and Israel.

On the same day, al-Wefaq called on the United Nations to intervene in the kingdom’s unbridled push to deepen its relations with Israel as more than 95% are against the normalization with the Zionists and amid the absence of any authority representing the people.

That meeting followed a September 15 ceremony at the White House when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed US-brokered normalization deals with the Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain’s top diplomat.

The normalization deals have drawn widespread condemnation from Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital. They say the deals ignore their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.

The opponents of the rapprochement say the move that has been taken by a handful of unelected authorities in Manama and Abu Dhabi never qualifies to represent the opinion of the world’s millions-strong Arab and Muslim community.

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