Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declares major protests across the occupied Palestinian territories next week to coincide with the Bahrain workshop.
By Ahmad Al-Bazz
Dozens of Palestinian activists and political representatives marched against the U.S. “Deal of the Century” and the upcoming Bahrain workshop in Ramallah city center on Saturday.
Protesters held Palestinian flags and signs condemning the American administration and the involvement of Arab countries — especially Bahrain, for hosting the workshop.
Scheduled for June 25-26 in Manama City, the event is billed as a gathering to boost the Palestinian economy.
“Peace comes by ending the occupation, not by illusions of economic development,” one of the signs read.
While marching, the Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Dr. Mustafa al-Barghouthi, said that “the whole Deal of the Century is nothing but an effort to liquidate Palestinian rights.” He added that the plan is an attempt “to legitimize illegal Israeli actions on the ground and violations of international law.”
Following the protest, Fatah, the Palestinian party of President Mahmoud Abbas, declared major actions and protests set to take place across the occupied Palestinian territories on June 24, 25 and 26, coinciding with the Bahrain workshop.
In a joint press statement released last week, Palestinian political parties stated that actions will be organized in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and in Palestinian refugee camps in the diaspora. “We refuse any solution that doesn’t consider fundamental Palestinian rights, including the right of return for refugees,” the parties noted in the statement.
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