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June 29, 2018 No.
7544

Fatah Announces 'National Campaign To Thwart The Deal Of The Century,' Publishes Posters Against The Deal And Its Initiators

Even before its terms have been publicized, the Trump administration's Middle East peace plan, known as "the Deal of the Century," has encountered harsh opposition from the Palestinian Authority (PA), on the grounds that it does not promote peace but seeks to eliminate the Palestinian national identity and the Palestinian state and to topple the Palestinian leadership.[1]Against this backdrop, PA elements have directed personal attacks at the U.S. officials promoting the deal. For example, a statement by the PA Foreign Ministry called Trump's advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner a "political novice who reads history through Israeli eyes."[2] An editorial of the PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida likened U.S. President Donald Trump to "the last Roman emperor, Nero, who burned Rome down, so that the roads no longer led to it..."[3] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida columnist 'Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul called Trump "a disgrace for America and its people," whose "populist policy" is "dangerous" for the U.S. and the world at large. [4]  

Harsh criticism against the deal and its proponents was also voiced by Fatah, whose chairman is Palestinian President Mahmoud 'Abbas. Recently the movement announced the launching of "a national campaign to thwart the Deal of the Century."[5] An announcement on behalf of the campaign, which was also posted on Fatah's official Facebook page, stated that its objective is "to clarify the dangers posed by this deal, which is known to be a bad deal, and explain how it can destroy our national cause [by] proposing alternative solutions that circumvent the Palestinian people's eternal rights [in favor of] humanitarian gestures and economic enticements." The announcement states further that the Deal of the Century is an American attempt "to impose [on the Palestinians] the vision of the Israeli occupation state and to end the dream of the Palestinian state and of national independence."[6]  

Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmeh announced that the movement supported the campaign and called on Palestinians to join its activities "on the ground and in the media, and in every language, in order to voice [the protest of the] Palestinian people that will not accept surrender and disgrace."[7] In addition, following the launching of the campaign, Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisin met with the heads of the movement's branches in the West Bank in order to prepare "The March of Refusal of the Deal of the Century,"[8] and also announced that protests would take place in Ramallah on July 2, 2018 against "the American crime of our era."[9]

As stated, as part of promoting the campaign against the Deal of the Century Fatah published several posters against the deal and those leading it. The following are some examples posted on the movement's Facebook page:[10]

 


"Palestine is not for sale"

 


"The Deal of the Century will not thwart the will of Palestine"

 


"The sun will rise again and this nation will bury the Deal of the Century"

 


"The Deal of the Century will be toppled; the right of return will soon be realized"

 


"The right of return is eternal and cannot be relinquished; down with the Deal of the Century"

 


"NO to projects of separating [the West Bank from Gaza] and deepening the [intra-Palestinian] schism"

 


[1] See statements by Nabil Abu Rudeina (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, PA, June 27, 2018) and by Saeb Erekat (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, PA, June 24, 2018).

[2] Wafa.ps, June 25, 2018.

[3] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (PA), June 21, 2018.

[4] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (PA), June 26, 2018.

[5] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (PA), June 27, 2018.

[6] Facebook.com/officialfateh1965, July 27, 2018.

[7] Wafa.ps, June 26, 2018.

[8] Fatehorg.ps, June 27, 2018.

[9] Fatehmedia.ps, June 27, 2018.

[10] Facebook.com/officialfateh1965, July 27, 2018.