RAMALLAH (Dispatches) – The Palestinian leadership is acting to prevent more Arab countries from normalizing relations with the Zionist regime, a senior Palestinian official announced on Saturday.
"The normalization agreements that both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed with Israel are based on the principle of peace for protection,” said Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee, during his interview with official Voice of Palestine radio.
Bahrain and the UAE signed controversial and U.S.-brokered normalization agreements with the Zionist regime during a ceremony in Washington on Tuesday.
The event was slammed by many Arab and Muslim figures as a blatant betrayal of the Palestinian cause.
Erekat said that Palestine will present 19 resolutions to the UN General Assembly at its upcoming session, adding the Palestinian leadership "is expecting large international support for the Palestinian resolutions.”
Protests worldwide have been staged against the formalization of ties.
As of Saturday, more than 2.5 million signatures have been gathered for the "Charter for Palestine,” a petition launched by Emirati activists in rejection of any Arab normalization with the occupying regime.
The Charter has been endorsed by many pro-Palestine organizations, including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the Persian Gulf Coalition Against Normalization and the Emirati League Against Normalization.
The petition had about two million signatures a day earlier.