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Bahrainis protest normalization with Israel, voice support for political inmates

Hundreds of people in Bahrain have once again staged demonstrations to protest against the Manama regime’s normalization of ties with Israel and to demand the immediate release of political prisoners.

Bahrainis held a rally in the village of Sanabis late on Tuesday to voice strong protest against Manama’s concession to Israel and the opening of Tel Aviv’s embassy in the Persian Gulf country.

The demonstrators condemned the ruling Al Khalifah regime for making peace with occupying Israeli regime and reiterated their support for the Palestinian cause.

They carried signs that read, “Normalization of relations [with Israel] amounts to treason.”

They also renewed the call for Manama to release political prisoners from its jails immediately and unconditionally.

On September 30, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid arrived at the Manama airport to become the regime’s highest-ranking official to visit the Persian Gulf country since Israel and Bahrain forged formal relations last year.

He met King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah and Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifah.

During the trip, Israel and Bahrain signed deals on cooperation in medicine, healthcare, sports, and water and environmental conservation. Tel Aviv also opened an embassy in Bahrain.

The Bahraini embassy in the Israeli-occupied territories was also agreed to be opened by the end of 2021.

Former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani during an official ceremony hosted by ex-US president Donald Trump at the White House on September 15 last year.


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