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"Normalization is treason" - Fatah cartoon depicts UAE-Israeli normalization deal as a knife in the back of Palestinians

Cartoon and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “#Normalization_is_a_crime #Normalization_is_treason”


Refers to Israel-UAE peace agreement; see note below –Ed.


The cartoon shows an elderly Palestinian man being stabbed in the back by a knife in the shape of a handshake – the hand comprising the knife’s blade has an Israeli flag on it, while the knife’s handle is in the shape of the head of UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, with a tag on his nose with “normalization” written on it.

The Palestinian man is bound in chains and weeping while wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) in the shape of the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, and a crown of thorns on his head in a reference to Jesus. In his belt is a key symbolizing the Palestinian refugees’ “right of return.”




Israel-UAE peace agreement (Abraham Accords) – an agreement normalizing diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which was announced on Aug. 13, 2020, under the mediation of US President Donald Trump. Pursuant to the agreement, the countries 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.”

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