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Denmark and France finance UNRWA documentary of the Nakba ("the catastrophe," referring to the establishment of Israel)

Official PA TV newsreader: “UNRWA has launched a new project to document the history of the Nakba (i.e., ‘the catastrophe,’ Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of our people using photos and video clips, financed by two countries: Denmark and France.”

Official PA TV reporter: “With this initiative, the first of its kind, UNRWA has launched a project to document the history of the Palestinian Nakba and its most important [historical] stations, using photographs and video clips, under the title, ‘The Long Journey.’”

Robert Turner, director of UNRWA operations in Gaza[translation of Arabic translation of Turner’s statements, originally made in English]: “UNRWA has witnessed the suffering of the Palestinian refugees, and this project documents the refugees’ experiences since the Nakba. This is an enduring and valuable project, which shows images that perhaps not many people know. Furthermore, the [National] Consensus Government must necessarily invest effort in easing the suffering of those refugees by improving their [living] conditions.”

Official PA TV reporter:
“A project for which Denmark and France have taken upon themselves the responsibility of providing material support; [a project] which will begin in the Gaza Strip, pass through Jerusalem and conclude in Lebanon and Jordan.”

Anders Tang Friborg, Denmark's Representative to UNRWA[translation of Arabic translation of Friborg’s statements, originally made in English]: “Denmark has been supporting UNRWA and its initiatives for many years, and we have a long history of supporting the Palestinians. At the moment, we are working as part of this project in Jerusalem, Lebanon and Jordan. UNRWA has a very unique archive related to the refugees, and we have supported it [UNRWA] in disseminating these facts.”

Official PA TV reporter: “The PLO Department of Palestinian Refugee Affairs welcomed the initiative, although it was late in coming, and emphasized that it would contribute to the documentation of the disasters that have befallen our people over the past decades.”

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