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News, September 2020
Palestinians Condemn UAE-Bahraini Normalization with the Israeli Apartheid, Occupation Regime, as Treason
September 16, 2020
While brutal force has been used to create Zionist Israel and sustain it thus far, Zionist claims to Palestine are false. Actually, from the five thousand years of known written history, there has been a continuous Palestinian-Canaanite presence in the Holy Land. Despite the Zionist false claims, the ancient Israelites ruled part of the land for only 85 years (during the reign of David, Solomon, and Solomon's son).
After that, the Egyptians conquered Palestine-Canaan in 925 BC, followed by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans, before the Arab Muslim rule, starting from 636 AD.
By the Time Jesus started his mission, the three population groups of Canaanites, Palestinians, and Israelites were melted together in religion and language. Most of them became Christians when Constantine converted in 313 AD. Then, most of them became Muslims in the 7th and 8th centuries AD.
So, Palestinian Muslims, Christians, and Jews are the ones who have the right to claim descent from ancient Israelites, Palestinians, and Canaanites, not Zionists from other continents.
The following news stories are just examples of the Israeli occupation government violations of Palestinian human rights, on daily basis.More detailed news stories can be found at the following sources:
http://english.wafa.ps/, https://english.palinfo.com/, https://imemc.org/, https://paltoday.ps/ar/
Israelis Welcome, Palestinians Denounce Gulf Deals
By Linda Gradstein
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s signing Tuesday of peace deals with two Arab states – the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain – in Washington doubles the number of Arab countries that have made peace with Israel. In Tel Aviv, the city government building was lit up with the word “peace” in Hebrew, English and Arabic. For Palestinians, it is a dark day.
Israelis have warmly welcomed the announcement of peace deals with both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and the promise of more states to follow. Yossi Beilin is a former Israeli official and longtime negotiator with the Palestinians.
“It’s a very special day, very important day. One of the ideas out of the vision of Zionism was to be part of the Middle East and not to be a lonely state in it. It was very, very difficult to demand it but gradually it is happening and today it is another important milestone in the direction of being a part of this region.”
Bahrain’s FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump and United Arab Emirates (UAE) FM Abdullah bin Zayed participate in the signing of the Abraham Accords, at the White House, Sept. 15, 2020.
Israelis have already begun planning vacations in Dubai, and there is talk of dozens of business deals in the works.
For Palestinians, it is close to a nightmare. Although the UAE said it only signed the deal after Israel agreed to drop plans to annex close to a third of the West Bank, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh described the signing ceremony as a “black day that will be added to the Palestinian calendar of pain.”
Long-time negotiator Yossi Beilin said the deal could offer new opportunities for a deal with the Palestinians.
“Four Arab countries, members of the Arab league are having peace with Israel, are having normal relations with Israel. So we are expecting these Arab countries to shuttle between Jerusalem and Ramallah, to talk to both sides, to see whether bridges can be built for whatever, whatever kind of an agreement, and there are different options for a permanent agreement, for an interim agreement. I believe in the idea of an Israeli-Palestinian confederation but of course it is not the only option.”
But as longtime Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat sees it, Israel and the UAE are forming a new military pact.
“The Bahrain-American Israeli agreement to normalize relations is now part of a bigger package in the region. It’s not about relations between countries. We are witnessing an alliance, a military alliance being created in the region, maybe they want to call it an Arab-Israeli NATO.”
Some Israeli analysts see it as Israel and the Gulf States sharing a common enemy: Iran. Gerald Steinberg is a former professor of political science at Bar Ilan University.
“The fact that the small Gulf states that are very much the Arab Gulf states starting the UAE in particular, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, the Saudis themselves which are not a small state, but the threat of Iran is the glue that holds this all together. It’s both a common interest but also the shared threat perceptions of a triumphalist Iran seeking nuclear weapons, and the United States, largely, in terms of military capabilities withdrawing from the region, that’s the perception.”
For both U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu, the deal was an achievement. For Netanyahu it was also a way to avoid the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases, which has reached a new high of 5,000 daily cases.
On Friday Israel goes to a new three-week lockdown to try to contain the pandemic.
The Palestinian Leadership announces its strong rejection and denunciation of the US-Bahraini-Israeli tripartite declaration.
PLO, September 11, 2020
The Palestinian leadership declares its strong rejection and condemnation of the US, Israeli, and Bahraini tripartite declaration on the normalization of relations between the Israeli occupation state and the Kingdom of Bahrain. It considers it a betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa, and the Palestinian cause and a step in support of legalizing the ugly crimes of the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people. Israel continues to control and annex the Palestinian lands by military force and actively works to Judaize Jerusalem, control the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and commit crimes against the Palestinian people.
The Palestinian leadership considers this step extremely dangerous, as it torpedoes the Arab peace initiative, the decisions of the Arab and Islamic summits, and international legitimacy. The Palestinian leadership rejects this step taken by the Kingdom of Bahrain and calls on it to immediately retreat from it due to the great harm it causes to the inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people and joint Arab action.
The Palestinian leadership also renews its call to the brotherly Arab nations to adhere to the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 and calls on the international community to adhere to international law and international legitimacy decisions.
The Palestinian leadership affirms once again that it has not and will not delegate anyone to speak in its name. It also confirms that peace and stability in the region will only be achieved by ending Israel's occupation of all Palestinian and Arab lands- and with the Palestinian people gaining their independence in their sovereign state, on the borders of 4 June 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and resolving the refugee issue based on UNGA 194. It's delusional to believe that these concessions at the expense of the Palestinian people's rights will serve peace, security, and stability in the region.http://www.plo.ps/en/article/191/
FINAL COMMUNIQUE OF THE MEETING OF THE GENERAL SECRETARIES OF THE FACTIONS
READ ALOUD BY MR. JIBRIL RAJOUB, SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF FATAH MOVEMENT
At this fateful moment of the history of our people, when our central cause is facing conspiracies, liquidation and attempts to undermine it in favor of the mere quest of improving the living conditions, and when we are stripped of our right to self-determination, the establishment of our independent and fully-sovereign state on the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital, as stipulated in the National Reconciliation Document, and our right to solving the refugee issue and the right of return of the refugees to their homes as per Resolution 194, plots and conspiracies are being hatched by the Israeli occupation government and the current US administration through the deal of the century and the annexation plans, and through normalization with Israel, and most recently the trilateral US-UAE-Israeli normalization deal, which has been rejected by our people.
In this historic meeting today, a unified Palestinian action has kick-started under the umbrella of the PLO, the legitimate and sole representative of our people, under a courageous joint initiative by Mr. President Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the PLO, and the General Secretaries of the factions. We have agreed to initiate a national effort that responds to the national goals of ending the division, achieving reconciliation, and achieving the Palestinian national partnership.
The Palestinian people, with all its components, at the forefront of which is the Palestinian leadership meeting today headed by Mr. President Abu Mazen, affirms its absolute rejection of all projects aimed at liquidating our national cause and our legitimate rights. The leadership affirms its rejection of any prejudice to Jerusalem and its Christian and Islamic sanctities. It condemns all manifestations of normalization with the occupation, and considers this a dagger in the back of the Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic nations. The Palestinian leadership calls on our [Arab and Muslim] peoples and the free peoples of the world to confront with all the strength they have all of these liquidation plans.
The meeting of secretary-generals also discussed the rules of engagement with the Israeli occupation, including activating the regional and international factors to confront those plans. The delegates agreed on the means and mechanisms of struggle to confront the occupation on our land, including those means guaranteed by international conventions in the way to fulfill the right of peoples to resist occupation.
As Palestinians, we believe that it is our right to practice all legitimate methods of struggle, and at this stage we agree to develop and activate popular resistance as the most appropriate option for the current stage, in defense of our legitimate rights to confront the occupation.
In order to achieve our strategic goals to end the occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state, we must expedite the end of the political division and achieve reconciliation and national partnership.
In this context, as a unified people who live in a single free nation, we have agreed on the need to live under one democratic political system, one authority and one law, and under a framework of political and intellectual pluralism. We have also agreed to consolidate the principle of peaceful transfer of power through free and fair elections, according to full proportional representation according to international standards.
We also affirm our commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state on the entire Occupied Palestinian Territory, with Jerusalem as its capital, and we affirm here that there will be no state in Gaza, and no state without Gaza.
Realizing the necessity of unifying our position despite the differences in our opinion concerning some issues, we have decided to form a committee of eminent national figures, who enjoy the confidence of all of us, and who will present a strategic vision to achieve an end to the division, and to achive reconciliation and partnership within the framework of the PLO, the sole legitimate representative of our Palestinian people. This shall be done within a period not exceeding five weeks, and the committee will present its recommendations to the upcoming session of the Palestinian Central Council, with the participation of the General Secretaries of all factions, in order to ensure the participation of all under the umbrella of Palestinian national unity.
We also agreed to form a unified national committee to lead the inclusive popular resistance, provided that the PLO Executive Committee provides it with all the means necessary for its continuation.
We offer our greetings to our steadfast and patient people in occupied Jerusalem, and our people in the refugee camps everywhere. We pay tribute and appreciation to the families of the martyrs, prisoners and the wounded.
In conclusion, we express our deep solidarity with the brotherly people of Lebanon in their current ordeal, and we express our thanks and appreciation for Lebanon's hosting of this historic and national unity meeting.http://www.plo.ps/en/article/190/
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