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PA Ministry of Information claims Britain’s “worst political crime” has led to Palestinian “genocide”; calls on Palestinians to continue path of “resistance”

Headline: “National demands”

“The PLO International Relations Department emphasized that the right of return will continue to be one of the national principles that cannot be renounced, and that it is a sacred historic and legal right and cannot be changed according to international law and organizations, in accordance with UN resolution 194…

The department emphasized that the suffering must be put to an end for more than 5.59 million Palestinian refugees registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), who live in 58 refugee camps within the State of Palestine and abroad, and who were uprooted from their homeland as a result of the crimes perpetrated against them by the Zionist gangs in 1948 and 1967. Likewise, it demanded that they return to their land and be compensated for their continuous suffering…

The [PA] Ministry of Information emphasized that as a result of the genocide our people experienced, the uprooting and destruction of cities and villages, the free world is expected to fix its shortsightedness in regard to our cause, to declare its opposition to the occupation in all its forms, and to put pressure on Israel…

The ministry stated that the suffering of the Palestinian refugees - which has lasted decades in the homeland, the occupied Interior (i.e., Israel), and the Diaspora – in addition to the siege of the refugee camps as occurs in Syria, and the threats of poverty, unemployment, starvation, deprivation, discrimination, and uprooting which haunt our people throughout the world, are proof of the worst political crime committed by Britain, and completed by the occupation state…

Fatah Central Committee member [and Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization] Mahmoud Al-Aloul emphasized that our people adheres to its right of return. He said that the occupation state is in shock as a result of the Palestinian people’s resolve and determination to return…

He called on the Palestinian people to continue the path of political resistance and resistance on the ground, and to continue to hold on to the land, defend it, and sacrifice for it…

Head of the PLO Political Department Abd Al-Hadi…emphasized that the occupation government must be held accountable, and clarified that this occupation state was created in an artificial manner. He said that the occupation state is foreign to the region, and emphasized that the Palestinian people, which has been rooted in the land of Palestine for thousands of years, is the native [people].”

UN resolution 194 (Chapter 11, Dec. 11, 1948) states that "the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return." Palestinian leaders argue this means that all Arabs who left Israel during the war (hundreds of thousands) and their descendants (a few million) have a "right of return" to Israel. Israel argues that the resolution only calls for a limited return and only under certain conditions, especially focusing on the words "wishing to return... and live at peace with their neighbors."