Revolutionary Youth Erect Barricades Against Manama Conference in Bahrain

Published June 27, 2019

Revolutionary youth erected barricades of flaming tires and clashed with police in South Sehla, Bahrain after a protest against the Manama economic conference and Trump’s so-called “Deal of the Century.”

The Bahrain Conference, organized by Jared Kushner, son-in-law and advisor to far-right wing US President Donald Trump, was officially launched on the evening of June 25 in Manama, capital of Bahrain.

Representatives of some Arab reactionary regimes, the head of the IMF and various industrialists made the trip. Ironically called “From Peace to Prosperity,” this meeting is obviously quite the opposite. The goal is the announcement of the economic component of the American “Deal of the Century” which provides for the liquidation of Palestinian rights in exchange for 50 billion. In other words, give up the Right to Return Refugees and agree to live on a microscopic part of historic Palestine and we will make a check…

Faced with this umpteenth provocation, all Palestinian organizations called for a boycott of this conference and mass demonstrations were held today in occupied Palestine, in refugee camps and in the diaspora.

In Gaza, a general strike was declared during the two days of the Conference and was widely followed. The streets of Gaza City were deserted on Tuesday morning.

In Hebron in the occupied West Bank, clashes erupted between Palestinian youth demonstrating their opposition to the charade and the Israeli occupation forces.

While in Jerusalem-Al Quds, a large banner against the Conference was deployed, mass demonstrations were organized in Nablus and Bethlehem.

In Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan, various initiatives were also organized. For example, a solidarity tent was set up by the People’s Committee in the Baqaa camp in Jordan to affirm the rejection of the deal of the century and the Bahrain conference on standardization.

In Ein al-Hilweh camp in southern Lebanon, Israeli and US flags were burned by Palestinian refugees as a protest. In Beirut, thousands of people protested against this new stage of normalization with the Zionist state.

Burning Flag

Burning Flag

Many initiatives have also taken place in the diaspora and especially in Europe. In London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Brussels and elsewhere, the Palestinian community mobilized against this attack. In Brussels, a rally was organized where participants did not fail to denounce the censorship organized by the German state against the Palestinian writer Khaled Barakat.

Revolutionaries around the world will continue to act in solidarity with the Palestinian people and in opposition to the Zionist occupation and its reactionary allies in the US and the Middle East.

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