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Palestinians protest US-led Bahrain conference

Anadolu – Palestinians staged several rallies across West Bank on Tuesday in protest of a U.S.-led conference in Bahrain.

The two-day event will open in the Bahraini capital, Manama, on Tuesday during which U.S. officials are expected to unveil the economic portion of their back-channel Middle East peace plan known as “deal of the century”.

Demonstrators gathered in Hebron [Al-Khalil] city in the southern West Bank, waving banners decrying the conference and participation of Arab delegates in the event.

Similar rallies were held in the cities of Bethlehem, Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarm, Salfit, Qalqilia and Jericho.

In the Gaza Strip, Palestinians staged a general strike in protest of the U.S.-led conference.

Several Arab states will take part in the conference, including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Last week, the White House called for $50 billion in investment for Palestine and neighboring Arab states as part of the plan, which calls for increased infrastructure projects between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, with a stated goal to “empower” the Palestinian people.

The “deal of the century” has yet to be revealed in full, however, based on leaks in the media, it envisages to make major concessions to Israel regarding the status of Jerusalem city and also regarding right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in historical Palestine.