Arab youth groups’ response to the UAE & Bahrain agreements with Israel.

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Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have joined Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994) in signing a US-brokered peace deal with Israel. 

On the UAE deal, see Hicham Aloui’s 1 September Orientxxi essay; on the Bahraini signing, see Tamara Nasser’s 11 September Electronic Intifada article. 

The original title of the following comminuqué is: ‘A Statement Issued by the Organizations and Youth [sections] of Left-wing and Democratic Arab Parties on the Normalisation Agreements between the Zionist Entity and the States of UAE and Bahrain’. [1]


With this statement, the undersigned youth groups strongly condemn all normalisation agreements between Arab countries and the Zionist entity [2], and warn, at the same time, against other Arab regimes’ drift towards the resignation and humiliation of Netanyahu-Trump deal – called “the deal of the century” – which aims to destroy the rights of the Palestinian people to freedom, to return, and to the determination of their own fate, on their own national soil. 

In signing this statement, the Arab and Maghrebi youth groups reaffirm the following: 

  1. The call on all vital forces in the Arab world to condemn the Emirati and Bahraini states’ normalisation [agreements], and to initiate various forms of solidarity with the Palestinian people, including boycotting all Arab institutions which deal with the Zionist entity. 
  2. The revitalisation of work and co-operation between those Arab and international activist organisations engaged in boycotting all economic and cultural institutions that collaborate with the Zionist entity. 
  3. Expanding solidarity campaigns with Palestinian refugees wherever they are, and the reiteration of the rights of the Palestinian people to immediately end the occupation and establish a fully sovereign state with Jerusalem [al-Quds] as its capital. 
  4. The necessity of escalating various forms of resistance in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, towards a full, popular uprising involving all elements of Palestinian society, until their legitimate aspirations are fully realised. 

The Democratic Way Youth, Morocco [شبيبة النهج الديمقراطي]

Union of Progressive Youth, Egypt [اتحاد الشباب التقدمي]

Iraqi Democratic Youth Union [اتحاد الشباب الديمقراطي العراقي]

Syrian Democratic Youth Union [اتحاد الشباب الديمقراطي السوري]

Jordanian Democratic Youth Union [اتحاد الشباب الديمقراطي الأردني]

Kuwaiti Democratic Youth Union [اتحاد الشباب الديمقراطي الكويتي]

Sudanese Communist Party [الحزب الشيوعي السوداني]

Central Youth Secretariat of the Arab Democratic Nasserist Party [امانة الشباب المركزية للحزب العربي الديمقراطي الناصري]

Moroccan Socialist Youth [الشبيبة الاشتراكية المغربية]

Tunisian Communist Youth Union [اتحاد الشباب الشيوعي التونسي]

Organisation of Struggle, Tunisia [منظمة كفاح – تونس]

League of Jordanian Democratic Youth, Rashad [رابطة الشباب الديمقراطي الاردني- رشاد]

We Can Movement, Mauritania [حركة نستطيع – موريتانيا]

Jordanian Communist Party Youth [شبيبة الحزب الشيوعي الأردني]

Palestinian People’s Party Youth [شبيبة حزب الشعب الفلسطيني]

[1] The political charge of the term ‘Zionist entity’ (or simply ‘the entity’), still common throughout the Arabic-speaking world, is that the Israeli state per se is illegitimate, based as it is on the expulsion of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and land. Even if the substance of this claim is familiar to the non-Arab left – to say that Israel is a ‘settler-colonial project’ is to suggest much the same, we believe – the phrase itself is not, perhaps strikingly so.  

[2] Literally ‘youth unions’. However, since the referent is the youth wings of political parties rather than, as would be suggested, trade unions, ‘groups’ is preferred.  

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