Tuesday September 15, 2020 - updated 8:20 pm Toronto time
The clownish foreign ministers of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain shared the stage today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump for what was billed a “historic” event.
Representatives of two illegitimate Arabian regimes signed a formal declaration of surrender euphemistically dubbed "normalisation" of relations with the equally illegitimate Zionist entity, stabbing Palestinians in the back.
Was the event really “historic”? If so, why didn't the two rulers--Mohammed bin Zayed of UAE and Hamad bin Khalifa of Bahrain--come to Washington for the signing ceremony?
As the Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab pointed out in a tweet, UAE’s own population is one million (not counting foreign workers) while that of Bahrain is 568,000.
The total population of the Arab world is 442 million.
Thus, UAE and Bahrain represent less than 0.035% of the Arab world’s population.
Even that is not an accurate reflection of reality.
The rulers of the two entities do not represent their people. Both are police states where dissent is ruthlessly suppressed.
Despite severe clamp down, there were protests in Bahrain against the regime’s decision.
While there were no such protests in the UAE, that does not mean the regime's surrender to Zionist Israel was accepted by the people. No dissent is tolerated. People simply disappear.
So, what exactly is "historic" when these two regimes and other Arabian potentates have maintained unofficial relations with the Zionist occupiers of Palestine for decades?
The farce at the White House was enacted to benefit two beleaguered rulers—Donald Trump and Netanyahu, the latter facing criminal charges in Israel.
Trump is down in the polls for the coming November elections and he is desperate to cling to power.
He has even threatened to not leave the White House, already alleging vote fraud.
But beyond theatrics, the White House ceremony revived unpleasant memories for the long-suffering Palestinian people.
On September 13, 1993, then PLO leader Yasser Arafat had “basked” in media glory while he signed the instrument of surrender to the Zionists.
On stage under the watchful eye of Bill Clinton, were Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.
In its editorial published on September 16-30, 1993, Crescent International had predicted that all three—Arafat, Rabin and Peres—will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Exactly a year later, it came to pass.
We make no claims—big or small—to know the future. We seek refuge in Allah from any such thoughts.
Our assessment was based on a careful reading of the political environmen.
Arafat and the PLO surrendered Palestinian rights for a few moments of glory in front of cameras.
The Zionists had no intention of honouring their pledges for a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
In the 27-year period since that fateful day in September 1993, the plight of the Palestinians has worsened.
The PLO and its successor body, the Palestinian Authority, are acting as paid collaborators of the Zionist occupiers.
For a few dollars, they have sold their souls and the Palestinian people.
The Zionists continue to sink their claws deeper into Palestine including Jerusalem.
The Haram al Sharif that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock are under threat of total takeover by the Zionists.
Palestinians are being ethnically cleansed from Jerusalem as Zionist settlers continue to push and occupy Palestinian properties.
Thousands of Palestinians including women and children languish in Israeli prisons while Gaza remains a vast open-air prison, besieged by Israel.
There are other unpleasant memories linked to September that the Palestinians can never forget.
In September 1970, they were massacred by the Jordanian army and driven out of the British-created kingdom.
And in September 1982, under protection of the Zionist occupation army, the Phalange militias perpetrated massacres at Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps in Beirut.
Thousands of Palestinians, mainly the elderly, were slaughtered as the heavily-armed Phalange militias went from house to house.
In two days, they slaughtered more than two thousand Palestinians.
Under UN-brokered deal (actually dictated by the US and Israel) all PLO fighters were evacuated from Lebanon and relocated to Tunis.
This came about as a result of the Israeli onslaught on Lebanon that was launched in June 1982.
Thus, September carries many unpleasant memories for the Palestinians.
The farce at the White House was one more in a long-list of tragedies that have befallen the Palestinian people.
No matter how many illegitimate Arabian rulers sign deals of surrender with the Zionists, the masses in those countries will not accept the Zionists.
Egypt and Jordan signed peace deals in 1978 and 1994 respectively but neither the Egyptians nor the Jordanians have accepted the Israelis. They consider them illegal occupiers of Palestine.
Peace will only come to the Holy Land when the Palestinians get their legitimate rights.