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Lebanon: Hundreds attend Hamas rally against US peace plan

0 25.06.2019 Инфо

W/S Hundreds of protesters gathered outside United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) headquarters, Beirut
W/S Protesters waving Lebanese and Palestinian flags
M/S Protesters waving Lebanese and Palestinian flags
M/S Protesters holding up placards reading: 'We are unified to confront the Deal of the Century'
M/S Protesters holding up placards
SOT, Ahmed Abdel Hadi, Hamas' Lebanon representative (Arabic): "Today, the Palestinian people and the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are meeting to declare a unified position, rejecting the 'Deal of the Century' and rejecting the Bahrain Conference, because the Deal of the Century seeks to liquidate the Palestinian cause, the rights of refugees and the Palestinian people, because the Bahrain Conference wants to encourage the Palestinian to sell his sacred and historical rights for money. Today we've come here to tell them that we cannot, we cannot, we cannot give up our rights and our land, even if they make us, by controlling the whole world.’’
M/S Banner
M/S Placards and protesters chanting
M/S Israeli flag with a red cross through it and other placards
M/S Placards
W/S Protester holding up Palestinian flag
W/S Protesters gathered listening to speech
SOT, Nadia Al-Qblawe, Protester (Arabic): "Our country is not Lebanon, our country is Palestine, where, God willing, we will return and pray in Palestine and Al Aqsa against their will. They have nothing to do with us. We are a lost and dispersed people.’’
M/S Protesters holding flags and placards
M/S Protester holding sign
M/S Protester listening to speech
SOT, Sheikh Salim Hdab, Ansar Allah movement (Arabic): "We will not give up, but God willing by force we will return to our land, to our rights and our sanctities with the free peoples that support our people and our cause." *AUDIO GLITCH AT SOURCE*
M/S Man leading chant
M/S Protester holding Palestinian flag and chanting
M/S Protester chanting
M/S Protesters chanting
M/S Protesters chanting
M/S Protesters and flags
M/S Protesters and flags
M/S Flag of Bahrain
M/S Flags
W/S Protesters outside ESCWA headquarters
SCRIPT
Hundreds of Palestinian refugees gathered outside ESCWA headquarters in Beirut to protest the US’ Israel-Palestine peace plan, as a US-led workshop aimed at discussing the US$50 billion (€44 billion) proposal with regional leaders kicked off on Tuesday.
Demonstrators held up signs denouncing the plan and waved Palestinian flags as they condemned the participation of other Arab countries in the workshop, which the Palestinian leadership has boycotted. Hamas’ Lebanon representative Ahmed Abdel Hadi argued that Washington’s proposal was more of a ‘deal with the devil’ than an opportunity to see Palestinians prosper.
“'The Deal of the Century' seeks to liquidate the Palestinian cause, the rights of refugees and the Palestinian people, because the Bahrain conference wants to encourage the Palestinian to sell off his sacred and historical rights for money,” he said.
Israel has not yet announced a stance on the deal, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed willingness to hear out the proposal and chided Palestinian officials for not doing the same.
The so-called ‘Deal of the Century,’ which was unveiled by the White House on Saturday, promises to create 1 million new jobs for Palestinians and lists 179 possible infrastructure projects, including a highway between the West Bank and Gaza. However, the proposal has been met with hostility by Palestinians frustrated by the discounting the possibility of returning to their former homes.