(YAHOO) – An economic conference intended to kickstart a Middle East peace initiative by US President Donald Trump's son-in-law has failed to convince Palestinians, who boycotted it and treated it with disdain or disinterest.
In a rare show of unity, all Palestinian factions condemned the conference in Bahrain before it started and the event received relatively little coverage in the Palestinian media, which is largely politically allied.
While calls for major protests failed to materialise, many Palestinians simply ignored the two-day event, having already decided no peace push from the US administration could be taken seriously.
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"Globally there was interest, but from the beginning for Palestinians there was none because if I have rejected something I have rejected it," said Rohi Ziadi, a university professor visiting a car showroom in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.