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Fatah official: “The right of return is a holy right that cannot be bargained over”

“Activists of the Tubas and Northern Jordan Valley district yesterday [May 15, 2017] marked the 69th anniversary of the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) in a mass procession… Tubas and Northern Jordan Valley Deputy District Governor Ahmed Assad… expressed his pride in all those who went out to say aloud that the return is inevitable, the occupation is transient, and the national unity is what defends our cause… In a speech of the PLO factions, Fatah Movement [District] Secretary Mahmoud Sawafta emphasized that the right of return is a holy right that cannot be bargained over, and that the Palestinian people that adheres to its unity and its fundamental principles will not disappoint the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the sacrifice of the prisoners.”

Palestinians commemorate Nakba Day on May 15, the day after Israeli Independence Day. On May 15, 1948, combined forces from Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq joined Palestinian Arab forces in an attempt to eradicate the newly-established State of Israel. The Nakba (i.e. "the catastrophe) refers to the displacement of Palestinians that occurred as a result of this Arab war of aggression against Israel.

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