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Palestinians in Gaza protest US Mideast plan

Palestinians in Gaza protest US Mideast plan

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians are rallying outside a U.N. compound in the Gaza Strip to protest the White House-led Mideast peace conference in Bahrain.

The demonstrators gathered Wednesday, raising a black coffin that read “Bahrain conference to hell,” and signs that said “We are not trading our rights for money.”

Palestinians burned effigies of President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The protesters called out Trump’s son-in-law, chanting “Kushner, Palestine is not for sale.”

The U.S. president’s senior adviser Jared Kushner is spearheading the $50 billion U.S. economic plan for the Palestinians. The proposal, which omits key political aspects, has been met with scorn by Palestinians and their leaders.

The protest, orchestrated by multiple Palestinian factions, including Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers, passed peacefully.

A smaller demonstration took place in Khan Younis, southern Gaza.

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