Sudan Protesters Burn Israeli Flag in Rally against Normalization Deal

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Dozens of Sudanese protesters burned the Israeli flag Sunday during a rally against Khartoum’s recent signing of a deal on normalizing relations with the Jewish state, an AFP correspondent reported.

Demonstrators gathered outside the cabinet offices in the capital Khartoum, chanting anti-Israel slogans and carrying banners reading, “normalization is betrayal” and “normalization is a crime.”

On January 6, Sudan became the third Arab country to sign the U.S.-brokered “Abraham Accords” on normalizing ties with Israel after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain last year.

Morocco has also agreed a U.S.-sponsored “normalization” with Israel that restores past relations.

The protesters, who said they belonged to an anti-normalization group, also carried banners reading “down with Abraham accords” and “Abraham Accords are American blackmail in exchange for submission.”

Sudan signed the accords less than a month after Washington removed Khartoum from its “state sponsors of terrorism” blacklist as part of a quid pro quo for the East African country normalizing ties with Israel.

In October, Khartoum said its deal with the Jewish state would only come into force after its approval by a yet-to-be-formed parliament.

The country has been undergoing a rocky transition since the army toppled long-time president Omar al-Bashir in 2019 following months of mass protests against his rule, triggered by economic hardship.

The transitional administration, which took power months after Bashir’s ouster, has been pushing to rebuild the country’s economy beleaguered by decades of U.S. sanctions and internal conflict.

It has sought to boost its international standing by forging closer ties with the U.S., as it grapples with a deepening economic crisis exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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