The 59th Nakba Anniversary…
5 Million Palestinians are living in the Exile
May 15th, 2007 marks the 59th anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe). The year 1948 witnessed a mass deportation of a 750,000 Palestinians from their cities and villages (85 % of the Palestinian population at the time), massacres of civilians, and the razing to the ground of more than 500 of Palestinian villages, by the Israeli Hagana gangs. Those Palestinians were distracted in 59 camps among many Arab states, where they lacked their main human rights.
In 1967, Israel continued its war against the Palestinians; another 350,000 Palestinians were banished away from the West Bank. In 2007, the total number of the Palestinian refugees reached 5 million Palestinians, who are still waiting to return to their homeland. The Apartheid Segregation Wall and siege are the recent Israeli tools to expel more and more Palestinians.
Through their long years of struggle, the Palestinians have proved that they are clinging to their right of return to their homeland (Palestine). UN 194 resolution granted all Palestinian refugees the right of return to their homeland, another 135 UN resolutions assured the same right of return. Along the 59 past years, the Palestinians believed in their fair case, right of return and Palestinian national identity never retreated; the Palestinians are now convinced more than ever in the Palestinians right in their land and the establishment of the Palestinian independent state within 1967 boundaries.
DAIR in PLO assures the Palestinians right of return to their homeland is legitimate and internationally recognized.
DAIR calls upon the International society to uphold to its moral responsibilities towards the Palestinians, solve the Palestinian question according to International resolutions, and end the Palestinian refugees’ crisis.
DAIR also plea to the United Nations through its bodies to secure and safeguard the Palestinian refugees in exiles, especially the Palestinian Refugees in Iraq who are facing daily killing, torture, and terror actions.

Department of Arab and International Relations

May 15th, 2007

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