Moroccans protest Arab nations normalising ties with Israel

Rabat, September 19

Despite a authorities ban on massive gatherings to stop the unfold of the coronavirus, scores of demonstrators protested exterior the Moroccan Parliament to denounce Arab nations agreeing to normalise ties with Israel.

Israel on Tuesday signed historic diplomatic pacts with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in a US-brokered deal. Morocco was reported to be amongst different Arab nations contemplating an analogous transfer, although the prime minister rejected the thought final month.

Protesters in Morocco’s capital of Rabat Friday waved Palestinian flags, decrying the offers as “treason” and chanting “Palestine is not for sale”.

The Palestinians view the pacts as a stab within the again from their fellow Arabs within the Gulf and a betrayal of their trigger for a Palestinian state. Israel and Bahrain’s agreements have been condemned by many throughout the Arab world.

The protesters in Rabat additionally burned a mock Israeli flag. Dozens of law enforcement officials watched the scene from a distance.

Organisers interrupted the chanting often to induce contributors to put on masks and to respect social distancing guidelines.

“The normalisation deals are an attack on the Palestinian people and their cause,” human rights activist Abdelhamid Amine instructed The Associated Press.

“We are calling on the Moroccan government not to follow suit and we urge it not to surrender to the Zionist and imperialist pressure like other Arab countries,” stated Amine, former president of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights and one of many rally organisers.

Last month, Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani stated the dominion rejects any type of normalisation with Israel.

“The Moroccan monarch, government and people will always defend the rights of the Palestinian people and Al-Aqsa Mosque,” he stated in a gathering together with his Islamist social gathering Justice and Development Party (PJD). AP

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