Hundreds of protesters rallied in Ramallah on Friday against Israeli plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank and US President Donald Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century.’ Some demonstrators set tires on fire and threw objects at Israeli security forces who responded with tear gas. “What we are witnessing now is just the beginning of the resistance which will be led by the Palestinian youth,” said the Democratic Front official Ramzi Rabah. “The confrontation should be direct against the occupation,’ said political activist Omar Assaf, who believes the Palestinian strategy should shift from negotiating to open resistance. The rally comes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet has been discussing plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank and the Jordan Valley.
SOT, Omar Assaf, Political activist (Arabic): “The message is that we must confront the occupation, which is creating facts on the ground. For that, it is not enough just to make statements in the media, as the confrontation should be direct [on the ground] with the occupation. This requires foremost to reclaim the national unity. So we call on all the national forces [political parties] to unite together. Second of all, we must shift from this strategy [the negotiations] which has been going for 30 years now, into an alternative one which depends mainly on the resistance to the occupation.” SOT, Ramzi Rabah, Official in Democratic Front for Liberation of Palestine (Arabic): “What we are witnessing now is just the beginning of the resistance which will be led by the Palestinian youth. This represents also a call for unity among all Palestinian forces without any exception to create a united leadership also on the ground to lead the popular resistance, which is the main factor in defeating this plan.” Protesters carrying banner reading (Arabic): “The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine. With unity and resistance, we defeat Trump and Netanyahu’s deal and annexation plan.” Protesters marching and chanting (Arabic): “Your ‘Deal of the Century’ shall not pass.” Protesters marching and chanting (Arabic): “We send our regards to our captives.”