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Protesters across Muslim world denounce Israel, reject normalization deals

Demonstrators holding banners and placards take part in a protest rally against Israel's attacks on the Palestinian Gaza Strip in Lahore on May 19, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Large protests have been held throughout the Muslim world in solidarity with Palestinian people, who are under Israel’s heavy bombardment in Gaza as well as the regime’s widespread violence in occupied Palestine.

Protesters in Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Tunisia and Turkey took part in demonstrations that were held in recent days to condemn the Israeli regime’s atrocities against Palestinians.

Thousands also marched in Jordan and Iraq, in addition to demonstrations taking place in Morocco, Sudan and Bahrain, three of the Arab countries that agreed last year to normalize ties with the Israeli regime.

In Jordan, protesters burned Israeli flags while chanting “Shame, shame the embassy is still there” and “Death to Israel,” as they gathered outside the regime’s embassy.

Since May 10, Israel has killed 227 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including at least 64 children and 38 women, and wounded 1,620 others. The regime’s bombing campaign has caused widespread destruction in the besieged enclave.

Iranian protesters also gathered in the capital Tehran to denounce Israel’s relentless brutal attacks on the Gaza Strip. They chanted slogans against the Zionist regime and its closest ally, the United States.

The raids on Gaza came after weeks of Israeli violence against Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque compound, coupled with attempts to force Palestinians in the Jerusalem al-Quds neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah out of their homes to build more illegal settlements.

Kuwaitis reject normalization deals

During the demonstrations, people in Kuwait burned an Israeli flag and chanted “Death to Israel.” They held banners denouncing the so-called normalization deals forged between certain Arab countries and Israel.

“We send a message to our friends in GCC (Persian Gulf Cooperation Council) countries that any normalization with the Zionists will not help. It helps the killer against the Palestinian people,” said 43-year-old Osama al-Zaid, a Kuwaiti political activist, Reuters reported.

“Palestine and Al-Aqsa are in our hearts. We absolutely refuse it (normalization),” said 30-year-old Kuwaiti employee Zahraa Habeeb.

In Kuwait, protesters were only granted access to a main square on foot to limit numbers. Kuwait prevented another rally earlier, citing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

Pakistanis march against Israeli airstrikes

Also on Wednesday, people in Pakistan’s Karachi marched in the streets to voice solidarity with Palestinians and condemn the Israeli raids on Gaza.

“I think we all need to come together as humans, we all need to come together as Muslims to help Palestine gain its freedom. Enough is enough,” said one protester, civil society activist Lubna Lakhani, according to Al Jazeera.

“Palestine has suffered for years and years and years. This really needs to stop, and I am doing my very little bit to help that cause. And I am praying every single night for them. Free Palestine.”

Rallies held across Syria

People demonstrated in many cities and towns across Syria in support of the Palestinian people facing continued Israeli aggression.

The demonstrations took place in a number of Syrian provinces, as well as the Palestinian refugee camps in Syria.

The protesters carried the flags of Palestinians and signs in solidarity with Jerusalem al-Quds and the Gaza Strip.

Thousands march in Tunisian capital

Tunisia’s capital was also the scene of large protests on Wednesday, as the attacks on Gaza continued into the second week.

Thousands marched down Tunis' Mohamed V Avenue, while calling for their country’s parliament to pass a law criminalizing “normalization” with the Israeli regime.

General Secretary of the Tunisian General Labor Union Noureddine Taboubi on Wednesday called for a boycott of American products as well as products produced in the European countries that support Israel.

The US, a key ally of Israel, has voiced support for the bombardment of Gaza. It has also blocked the adoption of a joint UN Security Council statement calling for an end to the attacks.

Protests break out in 46 Moroccan cities

Last week, protests broke out in 46 Moroccan cities in solidarity with Palestinians.

They condemned Israeli attacks and protested their country’s decision to normalize ties with Israel.

An organization called the Moroccan Front for Support of Palestine and Against Normalization had called for the demonstrations. Over 15 civil society groups also took part in the protests.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Moroccan parliament in the capital Rabat, chanting slogans in support of Palestinians. They also burned Israeli flags and condemned the regime’s crimes against Palestinians.

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