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Yemen’s parliament to criminalize all forms of normalization with Israel: Prime minister

This file picture shows a view of the Yemeni parliament in session in the capital Sana’a. (Photo via Twitter)

The legislature of Yemen’s National Salvation Government is going to introduce a bill that will criminalize all forms of normalization of ties with Israel, in a great show of solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

Yemeni Prime Minister Abdulaziz bin Habtoor told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that the parliament will soon pass a law that makes it a crime to normalize relations with the Tel Aviv regime.

He said that the measure falls within the framework of the Yemeni nation’s aspirations as Palestine is the foremost and principal issue of the Muslim world.

“We stand by the side of the Palestinian nation and their struggle in the face of Israeli threats to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the occupied al-Quds city,” Habtoor noted.

He noted that blatant Israeli provocations and violations at al-Aqsa Mosque are part of the Israeli regime’s attempts to put itself in a victorious position in the aftermath of normalization deals with a number of Arab states.

This comes after Iraqi lawmakers last Thursday passed a similar bill criminalizing any normalization of relations, including business ties, with Israel. The legislation says that any violation of the law is punishable with the death penalty or life imprisonment.

The law was approved with 275 lawmakers voting in favor of it in the 329-seat assembly. A parliament statement said the legislation is “a true reflection of the will of the people.”

Influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose party won the largest number of seats in Iraq’s parliamentary elections last year, called for Iraqis to take to the streets to celebrate the “great achievement.” Hundreds later gathered in central Baghdad, chanting anti-Israel slogans.

‘We must boycott products made in pro-Israel countries’

Meanwhile, a senior member of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement called on Sunday for a ban on products made in countries supporting Israel as a step to potentially end the regime’s illegal occupation.

“As Arabs and Muslims, we must enforce the boycott of products made by countries supporting the Zionist regime,” Mohammed al-Bukhaiti told Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network on Sunday night.

“Zionists have made a gross miscalculation in their assessments due to erroneous information compiled by traitors. The Zionist regime did not expect a firm response from Palestinians and ensuing stiff resistance. Palestinians’ resilience has had a great impact on the feelings of Arab and Muslim nations,” Bukhaiti said.

He argued that the United States, Britain, and the countries that are the main supporters of Israel will suffer a great deal through an embargo campaign.

“Israeli analysts fear that the regime will not survive beyond 80 years after its creation [in 1947]. The pompous style of speeches made by Israeli officials is actually meant to cover up the Tel Aviv regime’s weakness and incapability,” Bukhaiti added.

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