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SEPTEMBER 2020

Protests Ramp Up In Gaza And Jordan Following “Deal Of The Century” Announcement

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Protests Ramp Up In Gaza And Jordan Following "Deal Of The Century" Announcement

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Protests in the Gaza Strip ramped up after US President Donald Trump announced his “Deal of the Century” peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Demonstrations had been going for most of January 28th, with protesters carrying a banner that read “Palestine is not for sale”, and burned photos of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Following the announcement, the protests simply ramped up, with thousands going out to demonstrate in Ramallah.

There are also protests in Jordan against the deal.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas immediately released a televised statement condemning the deal calling it a “conspiracy” that “will not pass”.

Prior to that on January 27th, Abbas spent a fair share of the day calling Trump a dog and a son of a dog.

“They called me from Washington and I did not pick up the phone,” Abbas said. “I said no and I will continue to say no… We are going for difficult days and we are beginning to bear the consequences of the refusal. Resistance must be escalated at all points of friction. All young people must be encouraged.”

Abbas further claimed that “I was told I’ll pay a heavy price for my foolish behavior. I do not have much longer to live and I will not go down as a traitor. It’s either dying like martyrs or flying the Palestinian flag on the walls of Jerusalem.”

He further warned that the day Trump presents the deal would be a day of rage and it appears so.

There appear to be reports of even Orthodox Jews protesting against the deal.

Turkey also expressed its position regarding the deal. Deputy chairman of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party  reacted to U.S. President Donald Trump’s statements on Jerusalem as “undivided capital” of Israel.

“No, Trump! Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinian state and the heart of the Islamic world!” Numan Kurtulmus said.

Russia issued a statement saying that Israel and the Palestinians should negotiate directly. Netanyahu is to travel to Moscow to lobby for the pardon of Israeli citizen Naama Issachar, who was sentenced to 7.5 years prison for drug smuggling, after 10 grams of drugs were found in her luggage at a Russian airport.

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