Thousands protest in Morocco against Donald Trump’s Middle East plan

9 February 2020, 16:14

Protesters in Rabat
Morocco Palestinians. Picture: PA

Political leaders from Islamists to left-wing figures took part in the march through Rabat.

Thousands of people have marched in Morocco’s capital to protest against US President Donald Trump’s peace plan for the Middle East.

Demonstrators also oppose what they see as the Moroccan Government’s lenient position toward it.

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.

Morocco Palestinians
Women chant slogans during the demonstration in Rabat (Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP)

Palestinian flags and chants animated the scene as protesters criticised the Trump-led peace initiative.

The marchers also expressed frustration with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, who declared his country’s “appreciation” for Mr Trump’s plan and urged its citizens not to be “more Palestinian than the Palestinians themselves.”

The US President’s plan for a solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict would foresee the eventual creation of a Palestinian state but it falls far short of Palestinian demands and would leave sizeable chunks of the occupied West Bank in Israeli hands.

Morocco Palestinians
A man holds up a banner reading “down with the deal of the century’ (Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP)

Many Arab countries and the EU have rejected the plan as unfair.

At Sunday’s protest in Rabat, Mohammed Doukali of the Unified Socialist Party said Morocco should do the same.

“The masses are here to say that their rejection of normalisation with Israel should be translated into an official position,” Mr Doukali said.

By Press Association

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