The UN commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Palestinian displacement to the anger of Israel

The United Nations Organization (UN) officially commemorated for the first time the so-called “Nabka”, the catastrophe that led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the war that surrounded the creation of the state of Israel 75 years ago.

The call this Monday at the headquarters of the multinational institution provoked severe criticism from the Israeli ambassador, who previously requested the boycott in appeal to non-Arab countries.

On that date in 1948, it is estimated that there was an exodus of some 700,000 Palestinians. Neither the United States nor the United Kingdom attended the meeting held at the UN headquarters in New York. The event was attended by the Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas, and many states from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as representatives of the Union of African Countries and the Arab League, who made speeches.

“This resolution represents the recognition by your organization of the historical injustice that befell the Palestinian people in 1948 and before and that continues after,” Abbas said. He also stressed that it is the first time that the UN expresses its “rebuttal to the Israeli Zionist narrative that denies the Nabka.”

This scenario once again looked at the decades-long confrontation between Israelis and Palestinians. From the point of view of the former, the creation of their state was a heroic moment for their people and cause for celebration. For the latter, that period expresses a deep trauma.

The body of the 193-member United Nations General Assembly has generally been a place where sympathy for the Palestinian cause has been expressed, although resolutions in its favor have had little impact because of the US’s alignment with Israel. The US, which has used its right to veto in the Security Council.

This commemoration occurred in a period of tension in Israel, Gaza and the occupied West Bank, with an increase in violence. Hence, Abbas accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his parliament of seeking a new “catastrophe”.

“There are ministers publicly calling to commit another Nakba against the Palestinians,…, without the Israeli government condemning it or acting against them and there are those who clearly and explicitly call to kill Palestinians,” said the Palestinian leader. He specifically mentioned the ultra-right ministers Itamar Ben Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich, of whom he assured that they are demanding “the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and the demolition of their houses and their displacement, exactly what the Israeli government is doing”. .

“What happened in Huwara, the murders and the burning of houses and properties by terrorist groups of settlers, happened under the protection of the Israeli army, the army of the occupying State,” he stressed, insisting on the need for the international community Don’t stay on the sidelines and take responsibility. “It must end the aggression, it must give international protection to the Palestinians,” he insisted.

Abbas, who reiterated his request to abolish Israel as a UN member state and the incorporation of Palestine (now an observer state), received warm applause. During his hour-long speech, shouts of “freedom for Palestine” and “end the occupation” were heard.

Israeli diplomacy did not hide its displeasure with the convening of this event. “The idea that an international organization can mark the establishment of one of its member states as a catastrophe is lamentable and repulsive,” stressed the Israeli ambassador, Gilad Erdan, in a letter sent to the other delegations.

“Attending this despicable event means destroying any chance of peace by embracing the Palestinian narrative that calls the establishment of the state of Israel a disaster,” Erdan remarked in a video statement.

The event was organized by the 25 member states that are part of the Committee on the Inalienable Right of the Palestinian People, established in 1975, which includes India, Turkey, Venezuela, South Africa and Malta.

Source: Portada by

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