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Israelis take to streets, bridges to protest secret UAE oil deal

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Hundreds of Israelis turned out at some 50 locations Saturday to protest insufficient state action on climate change, as well as a deal between a state company and an Israeli-United Arab Emirates consortium to channel Gulf oil through Israel, to reach European markets.

Israeli youth demonstrate regularly on Fridays, as part of the global Fridays4Future movement, while Parents for the Climate – Israel man street corners and bridges over highways on Saturdays.

The demonstration against the Europe Asia Pipeline Company deal took place while an interministerial committee in the Prime Minister’s Office conducted a review of the agreement signed last October.

The deal provides for the EAPC to receive Gulf oil at its Red Sea terminal in Eilat, in southern Israel, and channel it overland through pipes to its Mediterranean port at Ashkelon, on the southern coast, where it would be loaded onto tankers bound for southern Europe.

It is opposed by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, a forum of some 20 environmental organizations (6,500 people have signed a........

© The Times of Israel

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