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Abbas to the UN: “Israel desecrates holy sites… Al-Aqsa belongs “to Muslims only”

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: Israel… is desecrating the Islamic and Christian religious holy sites [in Palestine]… just as it is preventing the Palestinians from their right to freedom of worship at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), which is an exclusive right of the Muslims only.

[Archive News, YouTube channel, May 15, 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.

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