Palestinians protest US-led Bahrain conference
Gaza: General strike & rallies hit on Tuesday across all occupied Palestine, West Bank and Gaza on Tuesday in protest of a U.S.-led conference in Bahrai under the rejection of the Palestinian and Arab popular public, during which U.S. officials are expected to unveil the economic portion of their back-channel Middle East Peas plan known as “deal of the century”.
According to local news stations, the strike paralyzed all institutions of the private sector, companies, shops and markets i n Gaza city.
The Follow-up Committee of the National and Islamic Forces yesterday announced a comprehensive strike today in all governorates of the Gaza Strip to include all walks of life in protest against the convening of the Bahrain Conference.
It also called on the populations of the Palestinian people either in Gaza and the West Bank and in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948 and in the Diaspora to participate in events and conferences against the conference aimed at liquidating the Palestinian cause.
It was also announced to organize a parallel national conference in the Gaza Strip this evening to emphasize the Palestinian position rejecting the deal of the century and its outputs.
It is noteworthy that a comprehensive strike was planned in occupied West Bank, demonstrators gathered in Hebron [Al-Khalil] city in the southern West Bank, waving banners decrying the conference and participation of Arab delegates in the event.
Similar rallies were held in the cities of Bethlehem, Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarm, Salfit, Qalqilia and Jericho city.
“Any plan that includes the liquidation of the Palestinian cause…is rejected by the Palestinians and is not debatable or negotiable,” Saeb Erekat, Secretary-General of the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)’s Executive Committee, said in a statement.
“Our right to self-determination, freedom, and independence should be honored through the implementation of UN resolutions and international law. This is the only way to peace and prosperity,” he said.
Several Arab states will take part in the conference, including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
The adviser to the US president and his son-in-law Jared Kouchner revealed on Sunday the economic details of the “deal of the century” to be discussed at the Manama conference in Bahrain on June 25-26, noting that donor countries and investors will contribute about 50 billion, including 28 billion will go to the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza, 7.5 billion to Jordan, nine billion to Egypt and six billion to Lebanon.
The Bahrain conference is due to be held on Tuesday, aiming to implement the economic aspect of a plan known as the “Deal of the Century”, which seeks to liquidate the Palestinian cause, in exchange for investments in Arab countries.
Despite the refusal of some Arab countries to participate in fear of implementing the “Deal of the Century” on the ground, countries such as Egypt, Jordan and Morocco announced their participation in the Bahrain conference aimed at presenting the economic benefits that can be brought by the agreement to liquidate the Palestinian cause. Meanwhile, before the conference US President Donald Trump took preparatory steps about sensitive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
During the night, clashes broke out between young men and the Israeli occupation forces in Bab al-Zawiyeh, in the center of Hebron, during demonstrations that will continue until Friday in the West Bank, Gaza and refugee camps in the diaspora.
Palestinian Red Crescent pointed out that two youths were wounded with rubber-coated bullets and they were transferred to the Hebron Governmental Hospital.