Palestinians plot massive protest against Trump peace plan

As the White House prepares to release President Trump’s long-awaited Mideast peace plan, Ramallah is reportedly fomenting protests to be staged in various Palestinian communities in the near future.

By: World Israel News

The Palestinian Authority (PA) recently gave the go-ahead to activists based in Arab communities in Judea and Samaria to stage protests against US President Donald Trump’s unreleased Middle East peace plan, reported the Jerusalem Post.

The revelation of protest plans arrives on the heels of a visit to the region by two of Trump’s senior advisers, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, with whom PA officials refused to meet.

While the US team held high-level meetings in Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and Qatar, the PA chose to maintain its months-long boycott of the Trump administration, which it launched following the president’s announcement that the US would recognize Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s capital and move its embassy in Israel to the location.

The Palestinians surmised that Kushner and Greenblatt met with stakeholders throughout the Middle East to finalize Trump’s plan prior to its official unveiling before Israel and its Arab neighbors, reported the Post.

On Monday, the first protest is slated for Ramallah, organized by a group called the National and Islamic Forces who began recruiting participants online on Saturday, with additional protests planned for other Palestinian communities in the following days and weeks.

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The protests coincide with a Palestinian online initiative called “The National Campaign to Down the Deal of the Century,” which employs the phrase Trump has used to publicize his forthcoming peace plan.

Palestinian sources told the Post that Fatah had instructed its loyalists to participate in the demonstrations, with the aim of transforming ire against Trump into a rallying cry for the ailing Abbas and increasingly unpopular PA leadership, which faces criticism from within for the punitive sanctions it maintains against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.