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Hamas, Fatah and Islamic Jihad “unite” against the normalization of Israel

Headline: “A march and rally of unity in Ramallah against the normalization” 

 

“Hundreds of residents of Ramallah and El-Bireh, foremost among them leaders and senior officials, demonstrated yesterday evening, Tuesday [Sept. 15, 2020], in condemnation of the normalization agreement that the administration of [US President Donald] Trump imposed on the governments of Abu Dhabi and Manama (refers to peace agreements between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain; see note below –Ed.)… 

Fatah Movement Central Committee [Deputy Secretary and] member Sabri Saidam said that our people wherever they are, are united against the agreements of disgrace that [Arab] rulers signed in submission to a tyrant (ie Trump)… 

He added: ‘The people and their leadership will only bow before the Creator. [People] have gathered together to commit to laying out a new stage in the united struggle, including all the factions,Hamas and [Islamic] Jihad among them, until [Palestinian] independence is achieved.’ 

Senior Hamas Movement official Sheikh Hassan Yusuf said that our people aresetting out… to thwart the conspiracy of the deal of the century (i.e., refers to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan), which includes within it the plan of annexation and normalization… 

He said: ‘We have no choice but to unite to thwart the plots. This unity, which is being expressed on the ground in resistance to the normalization and the [Israeli] occupation, must also take place… in achieving the [Fatah-Hamas] reconciliation.’” 

 

Sabri Saidam also serves as Fatah Revolutionary Council Deputy Secretary. 

Israeli peace agreements with the UAE and Bahrain – an agreement normalizing diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), called the Abraham Accords, was announced on Aug. 13, 2020, under the mediation of US President Donald Trump. Following the UAE, Bahrain signed a similar peace agreement with Israel, as was announced on Sept. 11, 2020. Pursuant to the Abraham Accords, Israel and the UAE will discuss bilateral cooperation on a number of topics. In exchange for the agreement, Israel agreed to suspend its previously announced plans to apply Israel's civilian law to parts of Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley as per the Trump peace plan. The US announced that “Muslims throughout the world who wish to come in peace to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque, will now be able to fly to Tel Aviv through Abu Dhabi to do so and will be welcomed.”

The Trump peace plan – US President Donald Trump announced his Israel–Palestinian peace plan "Peace to Prosperity" – commonly known as “the deal of the century” - on Jan. 28, 2020. Main points of the plan: 1- Israeli sovereignty would be applied to the Jordan Valley and all Israeli towns and cities in the West Bank. 2- Jerusalem, including all its holy sites, would remain under Israeli sovereignty with accommodations made to enable access for Palestinians. 3- The remainder of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and part of what is currently Israeli land in the Negev, the Galilee, and Jerusalem - creating a territory almost equal in size to the West Bank and Gaza Strip - would form the Palestinian state, with its capital in neighborhoods in East Jerusalem that are outside of Israel's security wall. 4- The Palestinian state would be demilitarized, with Israel responsible for external security and controlling all airspace. 5- All Palestinian prisoners except murderers, and those who attempted or conspired to murder would be released. 6- Palestinians in refugee camps would be absorbed into their host countries and, subject to certain limitations, into the Palestinian state. 7- Before becoming a state, the Palestinians would have to carry out extensive reform of their laws and institutions, including implementing a new governing system; granting its people due process and basic human rights and freedoms; end all incitement to and incentivizing of terror; end all glorification of terror and martyrdom; disarm Hamas; and adopt a culture promoting peace. The goal of the plan is to create a Palestinian state beside Israel, living in peace and security. The implementation would be facilitated through extensive international investment. 

The United National Leadership of the Popular Resistance – A committee to oversee and direct the “popular resistance” that was established following the meeting of the secretary-generals of the Palestinian factions - which include several terror organizations - on Sept. 3, 2020. In this committee, Fatah is coordinating openly with representatives of internationally designated terror organizations such as Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.