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Palestinians protest against the ‘deal of the century’

By Alicia Ramos Perez - July 03, 2018
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [protests] [Ramallah] [Fatah] [Palestinian Authority] [Trump] [US foreign policy]

On July 2, Palestinians gathered around Manara square, the centre of Ramallah, to protest the so called 'deal of the century’.

At noon, Palestinians started marching through the main square holding banners that read 'Palestinians are not for sale’, 'No to the deal of disgrace.’
The demonstration, as said by the people assisting, was organised by the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Many of the protesters carried Fatah flags and caps, symboling the main political faction in the PA.
The protest aimed to reject Washington’s proposed 'peace deal’ between Palestine and Israel.
Among the protesters, political figures such as the Deputy Head of Fatah movement, Mahmoud al-Alul, member of the movement’s Central Committee, Jamal Muheisen and the Governor of the Ramallah and al-Bireh district Laila Ghannam took part in the march.
This deal has yet no shape or form, however there has been much speculation.
According to Middle East Eye, hints of the deal include naming Jerusalem the capital of Israel, making Abu Dis capital of Palestine and creating a legal framework to expand settlements in Area C.
Palestine Monitor spoke with the Palestinian Prime Minister’s Office spokesperson, Ahmed Shami.
Shami stated the demonstrations are taking place are organised by the Civil Society and grassroot organisations in Palestine.
However, when asked to demonstrators in Manara, they replied that the demonstration was organised by Fatah, the leading party of the Palestinian Authority.
Shami also commented on the disillusion and rejection of the Palestinian people, calling the deal the 'failure of the century’.
“Palestinian fundamental rights are not kept under the 'deal of the century,’” Shami said.
Shami also added that what the US is doing is simply a tool for economic trade with Israel.
“Through this demonstration, we are reaffirming the position of the Palestinian Authority.”
When asked about the specifics of the 'deal of the century’, Shami could not give a concrete answer as to what it included. “We don’t have precise information so far.”
He mentioned the demonstration was not only to reject the 'deal of the century’ but also to express refusal on naming Jerusalem the capital of Israel, guarantee the right of return of all Palestinian refugees and the right to self-determination.
A Palestinian woman participating in the demonstration affirmed the “deal is the opposite of what we [Palestinians] want, and we refuse it!”
She also added that “we don’t want to lower ourselves to the demands of the US and Arab states that support this deal.”
Another demonstrator added that the deal “removes our rights as Palestinians.”
He then emphasized the need to comply to the international laws.
“What [Palestinian] people are demanding is that the international laws should be applied [on Israel], as they are applied throughout the whole world. It should be the same here.”

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