Israel participation in Expo 2020 Dubai amounts to normalization: Hamas
Palestinian Islamic resistance movement Hamas has censured Israeli regime's presence in the Expo 2020, which is to be hosted by the United Arab Emirates’ city of Dubai, as a form of normalization between the Persian Gulf state and the Tel Aviv regime.
Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem, in a written statement released on Monday, slammed attempts by a number of Arab countries, particularly Persian Gulf littoral states, to bring out in the open their clandestine relations with the Israeli regime, calling on them to put an end to such efforts.
“Such a behavior encourages the Occupation to increase the level of its crimes against Palestinian people, and to step up its violations against the sanctities of our nation,” the statement added.
“The Zionist regime must remain the principal enemy of the [Palestinian] nation. The campaign against the regime and its policies, which aims to dent all opportunities for the nation's awakening and development, must continue,” Qassem pointed out.
Israeli authorities are hoping to reach out to Arab people through participation in the Expo 2020 Dubai.
An auditorium below the pavilion will offer visitors an interactive multimedia experience, the ministry's director general Yuval Rotem told AFP at the time.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described the Israeli expo pavilion as part of “the continued progress of normalization with the Arab states,” alleging that building relations with Arab countries will push the Palestinians toward a ‘peace deal’ with the Israeli regime.
Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported on November 6 that the UAE is expected to allow tourists holding Israeli passports to take part in the expo.