Dozens of nonviolent Palestinian activists managed to stop a meeting that was taking place at the Ambassador Hostel in occupied Jerusalem, between Palestinian and Israeli officials, and said ânormalization with the occupation weakens the Palestinian cause, and beautifies the ugly face of the Israeli occupationâ.The Wattan News Agency has reported that a similar meeting initially took place in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and was guarded by the Palestinian security forces in the city.
Wattan added that the meeting in Jerusalem, which came after the Ramallah meeting, even included former senior officers of the Israeli army that still occupies Palestine and oppresses its people.
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The Palestinian activists entered the hall where the meeting was taking place, just minutes after it began, and chanted slogans such as âoccupiers go outâ, âPalestine will be freeâ, and managed to break up the meeting.
Former political prisoner, author and journalist, Rasem Obeidat, said that negotiations and normalization conferences are simply meant to âbeautify the image of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.â
âInternational activists and groups have been successful in many boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns, managed to mount international pressure on the occupationâ, Obeidat said. âThis meeting comes to reduce this pressure on Israel, to beautify its crimes and violations against the Palestinian peopleâ.
He further stated that such meetings come for the benefit of individuals who want to make private investments and profit at the expense of the Palestinian people, their blood and sacrifices.
Activist Amal Al-Obeidy from Jerusalem said that the Israelis in this meeting are former army officials and former Shabak interrogators.
âThis action is a shout from Palestine rejecting normalization with the occupation; this is a meeting of surrender; normalization has proven its failure through long years of negotiationsâ, she stated. âWe will counter normalization, we will attain our rights by resistance, and our message is that Jerusalem is, and will forever be, an Arab city.â
Activist Yassin Sbeih said that this activity, disrupting this meeting, is a message from the Palestinians in Jerusalem, rejecting normalization, rejecting all conferences that are only meant to grant legitimacy to an illegitimate occupation.