66th Anniversary of the Nakba
The PLO Delegation Commemorates the 66th anniversary of the Nakba
The General Delegation of the PLO to the US joins the Palestinian people all over the world in commemorating sixty six years since the Nakba, the catastrophe that befell our people in 1948.
On May 15, 1948, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were driven into exile in the wake of the creation of the State of Israel. Sixty six years later, Palestinian remain displaced in refugee camps around the world awaiting their right to return. Out of 15 million registered refugees worldwide, more than 5 million are Palestinians who continue to suffer the pains of displacement.
Today, our people remain steadfast in their quest for justice and struggle for freedom. Palestinians are devoted to their right to return to their homeland despite Israel’s relentless efforts to deny our historical connection as the native inhabitant of that land. No military occupation force in the world will succeed in changing our historical narrative. The resilience of the Palestinian people will be the safeguard of our inalienable rights.
While somberly commemorating this occasion, the General Delegation of the PLO to the United States looks at the future with hope that our dream of independence is getting closer and closer. We urge the international community and the United States in particular to make Israel comply with U.N. resolutions and international law pertinent to the Palestine Issue as a prerequisite to ending the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.