Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, marks seventy years of the Nakba, a living catastrophe that is still happening through the continuation of the Israeli military occupation of our land. The Nakba represents a series of collective tragedies which resulted in the destruction of at least 418 villages and the forced displacement of 70 percent of our people, the PMO said in a statement on Monday.
“The Nakba led to the creation of an entire system of oppression, thus culminating in today’s military occupation of our land. Tragically, we are still living in the consequences of Nakba’s through the continuation of the military occupation of our land in West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, statement said.
“The declaration on Jerusalem by the US President and his decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem on May 14th are blatant violations of international law and disregard to the core values of justice and morality. Choosing a tragic day in Palestinian history shows great insensibility and disrespect for the core principles of the peace process We strongly affirm that the holy city’s status quo must be respected and retained, while avoiding the creation of further tensions, which may further inflame more conflicts in our region. Our position is clear: the occupied East Jerusalem is the capital of the future Palestinian state,” it added.
The statement conveyed sincere gratitude to all countries that had the moral responsibility to stand by international legitimacy to protect Jerusalem and support the Palestinians hope for peace. The UN General Assembly Resolution 63/30 of 2009 stresses that any actions taken by Israel, the occupying power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal, and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to cease all such illegal and unilateral measures.
PMO also call on all countries, which have not recognized the State of Palestine, to do that in order to create a momentum for the realization of peace, justice, and prosperity in our region.
“Moreover, we urge the international community to endorse the peace initiative of H.E. President Abbas in order to revive the stalled peace negotiations and bring the long-waited peace to our country and the region. The civilized world should not allow the military occupation of our land to destroy what we have impressively achieved and accomplished to which the world greatly testifies.