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PLO executive member Ashrawi slams UAE deal with Israel

‘Please don't do us a favour, we are nobody's fig leaf,’ Hanan Ashrawi writes to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed

Awad El-Rujoub   | 13.08.2020
PLO executive member Ashrawi slams UAE deal with Israel

RAMALLAH CITY, Palestine

A Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee member criticized a deal Thursday between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel to normalize relations.

"Please don't do us a favour, we are nobody's fig leaf," Hanan Ashrawi wrote on Twitter while addressing Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.

Ashrawi refuted the UAE’s claims that the deal would stop Israel’s plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

"Maybe you didn't suffer for your country being looted, you may not feel living incarcerated under the occupation, you may haven't witnessed the demolition of your home or losing a beloved one or you may have not been sold by one of your friends," she said.

US President Donald Trump announced the agreement in a move forestalling Israel's controversial plans to annex large swathes of the occupied West Bank.

A joint statement from the US, UAE and Israel said the "breakthrough" will promote "peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders,” referring to Trump, bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Benjamin Netanyahu.

The UAE News Agency also confirmed the agreement as a step towards bilateral relations.

The UAE will be the third Arab country to sign a peace agreement with Israel following Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

Israeli cultural and sport delegations have visited Arab capitals in recent months and joined competitions and gatherings, where Arab observers considered participation as a dangerous breakthrough on the way to normalization ties with Israel.


Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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