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PLO works “to instil the culture” of wiping out Israel among children, and help school kids "realize the return to the areas from which we were expelled in 1948”

Official PA TV program Good Morning Palestine, on the 104th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration

 

 

 

PLO Supreme National Committee to Commemorate Nakba Day President Muhammad Alyan: “Regarding the children, we are working with them to instill the culture of the [Palestinian refugees’] right of return. Among the activities that are taking place today [Nov. 2, 2021] is a ceremony honoring those who participated in the creative competition of all the schools in Palestine. This activity was of course in coordination with the [PA] Ministry of Education and in cooperation with the ministry-”

 

Official PA TV host: “The Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) in the eyes of the students in Palestine.”

 

Muhammad Alyan: “The Nakba in the eyes of the students in Palestine. More than 500 schools from 16 districts and 2,300 students participated in this creative competition… [The students] bring it home, because they need to write about this topic – they get the entire family involved, the brothers, sisters, young ones, and fathers. Therefore, this is what we want, to instill the culture of the right of return and the national rights among the children, among this generation on which we rely that it will build the Palestinian state and realize the return to the areas from which we were expelled in 1948.

 

Host: “Certainly.”

 

Muhammad Alyan: This is our outlined, clear, and true right, and without a doubt we will realize [it] sooner or later.”

 

 

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that "His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate "responsible for putting into effect the declaration," which led to the UN vote in favor of partitioning Mandatory Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state in 1947. In response, Britain ended its mandate on May 15, 1948, and the Palestinian Jews, who accepted the Partition Plan, declared the independent State of Israel. The Palestinian Arabs rejected the plan and together with 7 Arab states attacked Israel, in what is now known as Israel's War of Independence.

 

Nakba Day - 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 defeat in the war, including the killing and displacement of Arab civilians that occurred during the war.