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UN commemoration of Nakba Day proves “a crime took place”

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Official PA TV broadcast on the UN commemorating the 75th anniversary of the “Nakba,” i.e., “the catastrophe” - the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel


PLO Central Council member Ghassan Barakat: “This decision [by the UN to mark Nakba Day] emphasizes that a crime took place, and international law and the international resolutions acknowledge that a crime took place against the Palestinian people... There are international resolutions that confirm that a crime took place, whose perpetrators are the State of Israel and the Zionist gangs in 1948 and prior to this – from the days of [Zionist leader Theodor] Herzl and before Herzl they planned this crime.

[Official PA TV, Personal Encounter, May 4, 2023]


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. The 2 fundamental messages of the term “Nakba” are to transfer Arab responsibility for the tragedies they themselves caused by placing the blame on Israel and to deny Israel’s legitimacy as a state.