Shoug Basim Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
Thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Rabat February 10th to protest against Trump’s newly proposed peace plan within the Middle East, which according to many Middle-Easterns, “favours Israel over Palestine.”
Carrying Palestinian flags, the fleets of demonstrators, including local politicians and trade unionists, marched in Rabat chanting: “Long Live Palestine!” Significant political leaders, from Islamists to left-wing figures, took part in the march through Rabat alongside union members, activists and members of civil society groups, conveying their conjoined refusal on the progression of Trump’s Middle East plan.
Local Moroccans denounced the United States of America entirely, labeling them as the “enemies of peace”. Demonstrators called for a boycott of Amerian products, whilst dressed in red-black-green white scarves in the colors of the Palestinian standard, burning an Israeli flag, expressing their national reffusal towards the normalization of ties between both Morocco and Israel.
Morocco has warming but quiet relations with Israel, but no formal diplomatic ties. Israel and Morocco opened “liaison” offices in each other’s countries in the mid-1990s but Rabat closed them after an escalation of Palestinian-Israeli violence in 2000.
Elsewhere in North Africa, hundreds of Tunisians also protested, on Sunday, against the United States peace plan, in the eastern city of Sfax, an AFP journalist reported. Tunisia’s UGTT labor union, which organized the march, called the proposal an “accord of shame”. Last month, American President; Donald Trump unveiled his Middle East plan for “peace between Israel and the Palestinians” which the Palestinians have rejected and denounced as biased in favor of Tel Aviv.
Under the plan, Israel would retain control of the disputed city of Jerusalem as its “undivided capital”, and annex settlements on Palestinian lands. Palestinians however want all of east Jerusalem to be the capital of any future state. The plan has also been rejected by the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation.
After Trump unveiled the plan, the foreign minister of Morocco, said Rabat “appreciates the constructive efforts for peace deployed by the US administration for a durable solution in the Middle East”. Nasser Bourita went on to reiterate that Morocco’s position is to support the creation of an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.