The event's organizer, the Bahraini Democratic Youth Society, said it had received a phone call from the security authorities ordering them to stop live-streaming the event "without discussions."
The president of Bahrain's chapter of the pro-Palestine Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Ibrahim Kamal Eddin, said that Bahraini officials “insisted to stop the symposium, saying that we do not have a permit and that foreign and non-local people are participating in it.”
He added that BDS Bahrain, the co-organizer of the symposium, previously held several conferences and events on the same topics without permits.
Neither Bahrain nor the other Gulf countries have official relations with Israel so far. Egypt and Jordan are the only Arab countries that signed peace treaties and have public diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.
The event was the initiative of U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and was focused on the economic side of a so-called “Deal of the Century,” a plan unveiled earlier this year by the White House to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The question of normalizing ties with Israel is generally taboo in the Arab world and seen as a betrayal to the Arab and Muslim position on Palestine.
Many commentators say that taking measures to end the Arab boycott of Israel, without reaching a fair solution to the Palestinian issue will be damaging to a cause considered one of the most important priorities for many Muslims and Arabs around the world.