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Fatah official emphasizes right of return at rally supporting UNRWA

Headline: “Nablus: A rally supporting the renewal of UNRWA’s mandate”

“Hundreds of civilians yesterday [Nov. 28, 2019] participated in a rally supporting the renewal of UNRWA’s (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) mandate and rejecting the American decisions regarding legalizing settlement (refers to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are not illegal; see note below –Ed.) in front of Hisham Hijjawi College [of Technology] in eastern Nablus…

Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Deputy Chairman] Mahmoud Al-Aloul emphasized the [Palestinian refugees’] right of return to [their] homes, and thanked the 170 states who supported the continuation of UNRWA’s activity.”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the US administration’s new position on Israeli towns in the West Bank on Nov. 18, 2019, stating: "After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate... the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law."