The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution commemorating “Nakba,” a term used to describe the displacement of some 700,000 Palestinians during the 1948 War of Independence between Israel and Arab states.
Titled “Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat,” the resolution passed with 90 votes in favour, 30 against and 47 abstentions and will commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of “Nakba” by organising a high-level event at the General Assembly Hall on 15 May 2023, the day after Israel’s Independence Day.
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan addresses the plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA. Credit: Evan Schneider/UN Photo/Handout via Xinhua
Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian envoy to UN, thanked the General Assembly for “finally” acknowledging the “historical injustice that befell the Palestinian people.”
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“The people of Palestine deserve recognition of their plight, justice for the victims, reparation for their loss, and fulfilment of their rights. 2022 has been the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since the Second Intifada. There is nowhere safe in Palestine, nowhere. There is no one safe in Palestine, no one,” Mansour added.
Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, called the resolution “shameful, extreme, and baseless”, accusing the UN of “helping to perpetuate the conflict.”
“Try to imagine the international community commemorating your country’s Independence Day by calling it a disaster. What a disgrace. The Palestinians’ lies must no longer be accepted on the world stage, just as this body must stop allowing the Palestinians to continue pulling its strings. I urge you all to stop blindly supporting the Palestinians’ libels,” he added.
The resolution was put forward by Egypt, Jordan, Senegal, Tunisia, Yemen and the Palestinians.