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Emirati dissidents form anti-normalisation movement to protest UAE-Israel deal

Palestinians from across the political divide have rejected the deal [Getty]

Date of publication: 24 August, 2020

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A new Emirati-led movement against UAE-Israel normalisation group.
A group of Emirati activists have launched a movement aimed at opposing the UAE's US-backed normalisation deal with Israel, according to Turkey's Anadolu news agency.

Six activists formed the UAE Resistance Union Against Normalisation after Abu Dhabi announced earlier this month that it was establishing diplomatic ties with Israel, making it the first Gulf state to do so.

The group stated that the UAE agreement "legitimises Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands" and it was a "betrayal" of the Palestinian cause.

The movement would work towards "raising awareness against normalisation" and ally with other activists in the region to prevent other agreements from being agreed between Israel and Arab states.

Morocco, Bahrain, Oman and even Saudi Arabia have been tipped as other countries that might follow the UAE and normalise relations with Israel.

The UAE deal has been slammed by Palestinians and pro-Palestine groups, who said it extracted zero concessions from Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the UAE leadership's claims that Israel agreed to halt its planned annexation of large parts of the West Bank in exchange for the deal. 

Most Arab states have agreed only to recognise Israel if a Palestinian state is established along 1967 boundaries, with Netanyahu rejecting such conditions.

There has been huge anger at Abu Dhabi in the Arab world with some considering the agreement a way of the UAE and Israel working more closely on regional strategic objectives.

The two countries had already collaborated on security and spyware issues, while both strongly oppose Iran and Turkey's influence in the region.

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