The United Arab Emirates has become the first Arab country to reach a deal on “normalizing relations with Israel”.
President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that Israel and the United Arab Emirates “agreed to the full normalization of relations.” In other words, the UAE supports Israeli commitment to further annex Palestinian land and other areas in the occupied West Bank.
Nabil Abu Rudeinah, spokesperson for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, called the agreement a “blow to the Arab Peace Initiative and the decisions of the Arab and Islamic summits, as well as an aggression against the Palestinian people,” in a statement broadcast by Palestine TV.Ads by scrollerads.com
How are you supporting Palestinians by endorsing the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine?
“The Palestinian leadership rejects what the United Arab Emirates has done and considers it a betrayal of Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinian cause,” he said, calling it “a de facto recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel” and demanding the UAE withdraw from this “disgraceful” agreement.
The most absurd part of this so called “peace” agreement is that #UAE frames this as way to “stop” annexation. How are you supporting Palestinians by endorsing the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine?
The UAE is making peace, indeed – peace with Israel’s war crimes in Palestine. They are making peace with centuries of human rights abuses against the Palestinians.
What the UAE has done was a betrayal against Islam and Muslims around the world.
“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted” (Quran 4:135)
Maliya Naz is a Kashmiri/Pakistani American poet and human rights advocate. When she is not volunteering or translating Urdu ghazals, you can find her giving talks about all things Islam and spirituality.