This year marks 75 years of Nakba when nearly 800,000 Palestinians were driven out of their homes by Zionist paramilitaries in 1948 and onward.
Nakba, Arabic for Catastrophe, resulted from the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948.
Following the war, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced out of their homes and areas, paving the way for the establishment of Israel.
The Nakba, created what has now become the world’s longest lasting refugee crisis with camps being set up in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria to home expelled Palestinians.
Though they were due to be temporary structures, millions of Nakba survivors are still living with their descendants in these refugee camps in blockaded Gaza, the illegally occupied West Bank, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and other countries across the Middle East.
Palestinians mark 15th May as a reminder of their collective suffering, their ancestral home, the continued occupation of the West Bank and the blockaded Gaza.
Unbeknown to many, Palestinians legally hold the “right of return” to their own lands, according to the UN General Assembly Resolution 194 of 1948.
We urge the UN and all governments to bring and end to 75 years of suffering and injustice by intervening and urgently seeking agreement on a mutually acceptable resolution to the Palestinian – Israeli conflict.