[ Michigan, May 15, 2023]:

The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joins the peace-loving people across the world in observing the 75th. anniversary of the Palestinian catastrophe/al Nakba that falls annually on May 15.

The Nakba is an ongoing process of dispossession that started before 1948. Al Nakba marks the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled or forced to flee due to terrorism by Zionist gangs. They ended up in countries bordering Mandatory Palestine: Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Jordan. Others fled to central Palestine/West Bank and to Gaza.

The catastrophe continues. Gaza is a big prison, and its residents live under severe and challenging conditions due to the Israeli siege. The West Bank is broken into blocs where movement of Palestinians is hindered by the Israeli occupation that started in 1967. In addition to ongoing growth and expansion of illegal Jewish-only settlements, thousands of Palestinians who are held for long years in Israeli prisons including women, elderly, and children under inhumane conditions.

Israeli historian Benny Morris observed that the conflict ends when Palestinians realize they lost. Despite almost a hundred years of struggle, Palestinians are not ready to give up any time soon. They continue to believe in their just cause and the inherent human right to resist occupation. They have billions of people around the world who support them.

AHRC affirms that the world must recognize human suffering for what it is. Human suffering, regardless of the demographic background of the suffering human being.

“Peace will become a reality when the world confronts Israel with the binary choice of one state for all its citizens or an Israel along with a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza with Jerusalem as its capital,” said Imad Hamad. “The reality in Palestine today is a de facto Jewish state all over Mandatory Palestine with the Indigenous Palestinians facing a spectrum of abuse, persecution and oppression,” added Hamad. “No believer in human rights and international law should allow this grave injustice to continue,” concluded Hamad.

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