Report: 75th Anniversary of Nakba…Palestinians Determined, Adhere to Right of Return

The Palestinians will commemorate Monday the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, and they are more determined and clingier to their right to return to their stolen homeland, affirming that rights do not expire by statute of limitations, and that the memory of their people and generations is alive and will not be forgotten and will not give up no matter how long and how many sacrifices it takes.

The Nakba is a political term that refers to the mass forced displacement of the Palestinian people during 1948 when Jewish gangs expelled nearly 800,000 Palestinian citizens from their cities and villages and destroyed more than 500 Palestinian cities and villages before the establishment of the Israeli occupation entity on the land of Palestine that was subject to the British Mandate for Palestine.

The 75th anniversary of the Nakba comes amid a tense atmosphere in the occupied Palestinian territories and a fierce and unprecedented aggressive attack by the occupation soldiers and settler gangs against people, land, sanctities, trees, and stones in the West Bank, occupied Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, to uproot the Palestinians from their lands and break their will to stand firm and their adherence to the right of return and the establishment of their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

On May 15, 2023, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will deliver a statement at the UN which will commemorate the Nakba for the first time.

According to Palestinian diplomatic sources, the statement will include a thorough review of the tragedies that the Palestinian people were subjected to after the seizure of their homeland, the expulsion of the majority of its people from their cities, villages, lands, and their conversion into refugees.

The sources added that the UN’ commemoration of this anniversary reflects on fixing the term Nakba as a term that refers to the tragedy of the Palestinians and the crime against humanity committed by Israel against them and refutes the Israeli narrative around it.

This step faces major Israeli obstruction attempts, the latest of which was urging countries not to attend the upcoming statement of President Abbas because Israel does not want the world to know the truth and does not want to talk about the Nakba from the UN platform, because that reveals that Israel’s narrative is false and based on the killing and displacement of the Palestinian people in 1948.

The UN commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba comes based on a resolution adopted by the General Assembly on Nov. 30, 2022, which stipulated that May 15, 2023, is considered a day to commemorate this memory.

The resolution received 90 votes in favor, while 30 countries voted against it, including the UK, Germany, Canada, Sweden, the US, and Israel, while 47 countries abstained from voting.

The General Assembly will hold Monday a high-level morning session to listen to words of solidarity from the heads of regional groups and many countries that will express their support for the rights of the Palestinian people, especially their right to establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Source: Qatar News Agency