Palestinians junk Trump’s Middle East peace plan

By Odessa Cruz , January 30, 2020
Palestinians junk Trump’s Middle East peace plan

Palestinian political leaders have strongly rejected US President Donald Trump’s peace plan for the Middle East which the White House unveiled on Tuesday.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said they will not allow this plan to pass.

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls it “the deal of the century,” Abbas labelled Trump’s peace plan as “the slap of the century,” a conspiracy to “liquidate the Palestinian cause.”

 “We say 1,000 ‘no’s to this deal”, Abbas announced in a televised address as members of the Palestinian Authority gathered in Ramallah for an emergency meeting hours after White House released the Middle East plan.

“I say to Trump and Netanyahu: Jerusalem is not for sale, all our rights are not for sale and are not for bargain. And your deal, the conspiracy, will not pass,” Abbas said.

He even referred to Trump as “a dog and a son of a dog,” an animal considered as most impure in Islamic beliefs.

Following calls of Palestinian leaders for resistance, protests were held in several locations across Gaza Strip and West Bank as Palestinians denounce Trump’s plan.

Protesters burned effigies of Trump and Netanhayu and vowed to foil what they called a “dubious plot” against Palestinians.

Several protests also occurred in Nablus, Jenin and Hebron but did not attract large numbers of demonstrators.

The Palestinian Authority has also called the support of Palestine’s Hamas, an Islamic fundamentalist militant organization and the terrorist group Islamic Jihad to help in the resistance.

By Odessa Cruz

Journalist from Mindanao, Philippines. Has been covering news and development issues since 2003. Online News contributor

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