Political activists in Morocco and other Arab countries have launched an online campaign against a US-brokered normalization deal between the Moroccan government and the occupying regime of Israel.
Donald Trump, the outgoing president of the United States, announced on Thursday that Morocco had reached an agreement with Israel on the normalization of relations, becoming the fourth Arab country – after the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Sudan – to reach such a deal with the Tel Aviv regime since August.
Morocco’s royal court confirmed the news and said that the US will open a consulate in the Western Sahara territory in line with the agreement.
Trump used Morocco's Western Sahara claim as a bargaining chip in talks with Morocco to secure the deal, and agreed to recognize Rabat's sovereignty over the territory.
Morocco annexed the vast Western Sahara region, a former Spanish colony, in 1975 and has since been in conflict with the Algeria-backed Polisario Front, a movement that seeks to establish an independent state in the territory and end Morocco’s presence there.
Morocco is currently in control of 80 percent of the region, including its phosphate deposits and fishing waters.
The Polisario denounced Washington’s recognition of Rabat's claim, saying it was a violation of international law and added that its struggle for autonomy "will continue.”
“The stance… is a blatant violation of the United Nations charter and the resolutions of international legitimacy,” the group said.
Reacting to the US-brokered deal, Moroccan and Arab activists took to Twitter on Friday to reject the agreement and to reiterate their support for the Palestinian people.
Using the hashtag “Moroccans Against Normalization”, the activists censured the deal as a loss for Sahrawis — the inhabitants of Western Sahara — and Palestinians alike.
For Sahrawis and Palestinians, it is another dark day and we have endured many. But our liberation will come. We have no choice but continue our struggle for freedom and rights.— Salem Barahmeh (@Barahmeh) December 10, 2020
Blackmail is a crime !! Trump needs to stop blackmailing countries already suffering from a fatal pandemic giving them ultimatum he is creating more hate & conflicts just STOP it Damn it !! #مغاربة_ضد_التطبيع 🇲🇦 "Israel "is annexing the West Bank Damn it !! #Boycottisrael #bds— Layla Bensassi (@LaylaBe4) December 10, 2020
If you’re Moroccan and don’t mind this normalization because you "get Western Sahara" then your interests were never for Palestinians or the greater good. It was just another means to an end. And stop talking about a two state solution, it’s from the river to the sea 🇵🇸— ahmierda. #BLM (@ahmierda) December 10, 2020
I am a free moroccan , and i am against normalisation with the zionist, the morocan regime doesn't represent me.— email@example.com (@nxobb) December 10, 2020
A Moroccan activist said in an Arabic-language tweet that, "Every free Moroccan must share this hashtag so that the traffickers know the issues of our nation and its sanctifies, that we do not and will not recognize the Zionist entity that lives on the land and blood of our brothers."
انا مغربية— نعيمة الأندلسي❤ (@Na3ma1999) December 11, 2020
انا ضد التطبيع
كل مغربي حر فل يشارك في هاشتاج #مغاربة_ضد_التطبيع حتى يعلم المتاجرين بقضايا أمتنا ومقدساتها، أننا لا ولن نعترف بالكيان الصهيوني الذي يعيش على أرض ودماء إخواننا .
Another activist also tweeted, "We will remain with Palestine, and Jerusalem will remain our first and last issue no matter what happens. Damn every Arab country that normalized with the Zionist enemy."
Palestinian resistance movements also vented their outrage over the US-brokered deal, with Hazem Qassem, spokesman for the Palestinian resistance group Hamas, saying, “This is a sin and it doesn’t serve the Palestinian people. The Israeli occupation uses every new normalization to increase its aggression against the Palestinian people and increase its settlement expansion.”
Hanan Ashrawi, an outgoing member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), censured the deal as “sinister and ugly" and underlined in a tweet that the agreement was meant to "extract concessions and benefits for Israel" before Trump leaves office.
Between bribery & blackmail, the Trump administration is in a mad scramble to extract concessions and benefits for Israel before the new administration takes over. https://t.co/wPyBrsc6fJ— Hanan Ashrawi (@DrHananAshrawi) December 10, 2020
Islamic Jihad Movement of Palestine also condemned the normalization of relations between Morocco and Israel, describing it as a betrayal of Jerusalem al-Quds.
The normalization deals between some Arab states and the Tel Aviv regime have already been condemned by all Palestinian factions as a betrayal of their cause.
Leader's top advisor slams Morocco-Israel normalization
Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and also the secretary general of the World Assembly of Islamic Awakening, denounced as betrayal of the Muslim world the normalization of ties between the Moroccan government and the Zionist regime.
“In fact, it is a deal that was made between a triangle formed by the US, Morocco and the Zionist regime,” Velayati said.
“The deal came against a backdrop of Morocco's betrayal of Islam and the Palestinian cause, stabbing the Palestinians in the heart, selling Muslim dignity to international Zionism, and recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over the Arabian Desert by the United States,” he added.