Statement on the Occasion of the 59th Anniversary of the Nakba there is no Substitute for the Return to our Homes
As a result of the Zionist aggression against Palestine, the plight of the Palestinian people is accumulative and ongoing. Now, in the 59th year of our forced displacement, we are threatened with new forced displacement due to the construction of the Apartheid Wall and policies of siege and starvation intended to break the Palestinian people, and to end our demands and struggle for our rights under international law and, in particular, under UN Resolution 194.
Almost six decades of daily plight of the Palestinian refugees are an expression of the crimes and acts of humiliation perpetrated by the dominant powers by backing Israel's aggression and crimes; they reflect a lack of human compassion and disrespect of the standards of human rights and the United Nations applicable to the Palestinian people who are exposed to occupation and population transfer. UNRWA policy is guided by the objective to reduce its obligations to the Palestinian refugees and to escape from the responsibilities it was originally charged to perform.
Israel's policy of aggression and permanent pressure against the Palestinian refugees in their camps, which are living witnesses of the historical injustice and the deprivation of fundamental human rights, is intended to push our Palestinian people into political projects which do not meet the basic standards of international law and resolutions, and into accepting a “preliminary state without borders”, without sovereignty and without Jerusalem, while illegal Jewish colonies are debated as a possible trade off for the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes.
As we commemorate the ethnic cleansing of our people from its land, we are aware of the scope of the dangers which confront our most important cause, the cause of the Palestinian refugees in the homeland and in the exile.
We therefore affirm:
Those who deny the right of return home are not from among us!
The National Committee for the Commemoration of the Nakba