After the agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, 2,000 people protested on the streets of the West Bank. There was a rare alliance.
Around 2000 Palestinians demonstrated in the West Bank against diplomatic rapprochement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Members of the Palestinian organization Fatah and its rival Hamas participated in the rally on Wednesday in the town of Turmus Ayya in a rare alliance.
Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces occurred during the demonstration. Protesters threw stones at the emergency services who used tear gas. For the rally participants had traveled by bus from different parts of the West Bank. There had already been protests in the Gaza Strip beforehand.
Both Fatah and Hamas are “united” against rapprochement between the two countries, said Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtajjeh in a speech. He accused the Emirates of “stabbing in the back” of the Palestinians. Any normalization of relations with Israel “legitimizes the occupation of Palestinian territories”.
The Palestinian Authority, based in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, is largely provided by Fatah. The radical Islamic Hamas controls the Gaza Strip, which is under the Israeli blockade.
Israel and the Emirates surprised the world public last week with the announcement that they would normalize their relations. This makes the Emirates only the third Arab country, after Egypt and Jordan, to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.