Palestinian protesters burn a banner showing Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan near the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Palestinians set fire to picture of United Arab Emirates leader

JERUSALEM (Agencies): Palestinians taking part in Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem trampled and then set fire to a poster of the United Arab Emirates leader to protest the normalization deal announced Thursday between Israel and the UAE.

The worshipers took turns stamping on the poster of UAE de-facto ruler Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in a sign of disrespect, while waving a Palestinian flag over it. They then tried to set the poster on fire.

The incident continued until Israeli policemen stepped in and took the poster away, while Palestinians chanted “Allahu Akbar.”

Palestinians also held protests against the deal in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In Nablus, in the northern West Bank, they burned posters of bin Zayed, US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In Gaza City, supporters of the Islamic Jihad group marched in protest, carrying signs that read: ” Normalization is a treason” and “Palestine is not for sale”

The deal announced has been met with mounting anger by the Palestinians. The Palestinian Authority called it a “despicable decision” and urged the UAE to “immediately retract” it.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called an emergency meeting of PA leadership in response to the agreement, while the PA recalled its ambassador to the UAE in protest over the deal.

“The Palestinian leadership rejects the actions of the Emirati government, considering it to be a betrayal of the Palestinian people and Jerusalem and al-Aqsa,” Palestinian Authority spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh said in a statement read aloud on Palestine TV.

Abu Rudeineh accused the Emirates of “conducting normalization [with Israel] in the guise of supporting the Palestinian cause.”

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