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Fatah official: “If there was an Arab group consciousness and true nationalism, six million Israelis would be unable to rule 400 million Arabs"

The Voice of Palestine, the official PA radio station, speech in Ramallah by Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki for Nakba Day

Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki: "I have a message for the Arabs: The reason for the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) that we went through in 1948 is a report on finding oil in the Arabian Peninsula, and a report of a committee [that decided] on the establishment of the State of Israel, which separates the western part of the Arab world from its east, and it rules over your natural treasures, and prevents you from rebuilding the civilization that the West took from you. Arabs, your treasures are in your enemy's hands. If there was an Arab group consciousness and true nationalism, six million Israelis would be unable to rule 400 million Arabs."

Palestinians commemorate Nakba Day on May 15, the day after the establishment of Israel. On May 15, 1948, combined forces from Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq joined local Arab forces in an attempt to eradicate the newly established State of Israel. The Nakba (Arabic = catastrophe) refers to the establishment of Israel, and the subsequent loss of the war, including the killing and displacement of Arab civilians that occurred during the war.