For the first time in 75 years, the UN has officially commemorated the Nakba — the plight of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were forced to leave their homes upon the formation of Israel.
The UN passed a historic resolution in 2022, despite Israel’s vehement opposition, to recognise the Nakba, which roughly translates as “catastrophe”.
The day brings painful memories of displacement and widely documented reports of torture and mass killings by Israeli forces against Palestinians in 1948.
On Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas marked the occasion by calling on the UN to suspend Israel’s membership if it does not grant Palestinians a state and the right of return for millions of refugee descendants. [Continue reading…]