Gulf Boycott Israel Group Criticizes Budding Normalization

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Founder and trustee of the King Faisal Foundation as well as the Chairman of the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal speaks on stage during the 2015 Concordia Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on October 2, 2015 …
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The Gulf boycott Israel movement issued a statement slamming Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal (pictured) for meeting with Israel’s former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni at the World Economic Forum last week.

“It’s not the first time the boycott of the enemy has not been respected by Turki al-Faisal and others,” the statement said. “It is the latest in a string of meetings between the prince and Zionist officials. In 2014 he met with the minister, and later he publicly shook hands with the Israeli minister of war, the butcher of Gaza Moshe Ya’alon in 2015, and later met with Yaakov Amidror, the national security advisor to the Prime Minister of settlements and Zionist imperialism, Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as a series of public meetings in what seems like a prelude to imposing normalization on our people.”

The prince’s “normalization meetings” don’t only “defy Saudi Arabia’s official policy, but it also disrespects millions of Saudis who oppose any kind of normalization with the Zionist entity and refuse to shake the hands of the Zionists that have the blood of their Palestinian brethren on them.”

“As conscientious residents of the Gulf we declare our opposition to any official or semi-official attempt to normalize relations with the Zionist entity, and call on the Saudi government to put an end to these principles of our people and our nation, especially since Prince Turki al-Faisal is a former official and therefore has to take the kingdom’s official stance into account and respect the historical position of the Saudi people.”

It also condemned a report that the UAE is planning to purchase Israeli weapons.

“Israeli weapon traders are the backbone of the terrorist military underpinning of the Zionist entity, which prides itself in testing these weapons in action – indeed, against our brethren, the innocent Palestinians and Lebanese.”


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