Published On: Wed, Jan 29th, 2020

Israeli troops injure several Palestinians amid ongoing protests against Trump plan

Israeli troops injure several Palestinians amid ongoing protests against Trump plan

Palestinian factions call for further demonstrations as 12 protesters wounded in town of al-Bireh, north of Ramallah

MEE staff Wed, 01/29/2020 – 08:54

Palestinians burn posters of US dollars at Manara circle in Ramallah, chanting slogans such as ‘we will not be bought’ (MEE/Akram al-Waara)

Palestinian factions have called for demonstrations throughout the occupied West Bank on Wednesday against US President Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian plan, while Hamas-supported protests will also held in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Tuesday towards protesters near the town of al-Bireh, north of Ramallah, wounding 12 people, the Red Crescent reported.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in various parts of Palestinian territories and the Jordanian capital Amman in reaction to the plan’s formal roll-out.

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The “#FreePalestine” hashtag also became the top world trend on Twitter.

Trump revealed his so-called “deal of the century” alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at an event at the White House on Tuesday.

While the president touted his plan as a historic opportunity to achieve peace between Palestinians and Israel, many critics poured scorn on the plan that has been rejected by Palestinians. 

The proposal, which was drafted without the input of any Palestinian groups, allows Israel to keep all of its settlements in the West Bank and annex large parts of the Palestinian territories that it currently occupies.

While Trump has floated his proposal as a “realistic two-state solution”, the plan itself says a Palestinian state – if it materialises – will be demilitarised and without sovereignty over its air space and territorial waters.

Commenting on Trump’s plan, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, said: “The so-called ‘Vision for Peace’ is simply the dream project of a bankruptcy-ridden real estate developer. 

“But it is a nightmare for the region and the world. And, hopefully, a wake-up call for all the Muslims who have been barking up the wrong tree.”

‘This plan is a plan for Israel’

In Ramallah, more than 1,000 people of all ages and genders gathered at Manara circle late on Tuesday to protest against the plan, before marching to the grave of Yasser Arafat.

Carrying posters and photos of Arafat and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the crowd called for reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas in order to present a united front against the Trump administration. 

“The Americans are not a fair arbiter,” Tamer a 17-year-old from Ramallah told Middle East Eye as the crowd chanted slogans against the US and Israel.

“There is no justice. This plan is a plan for Israel. 

“We will do everything in our power to stop this plan from being implemented. We are hurting, we are devastated, but we are carrying on. We will continue to demand our rights to live in dignity and freedom.”

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