Ahead of UNGA speech: Biggest “Refugee Card” carries name of Mahmoud Abbas

PNN/ Bethlehem/

Palestinian National Action factions and refugee institutions and committees in Bethlehem have launched a series of activities to support Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in synchronization with his upcoming speech at the 73rd UN General Assembly session, and to reject US pressures aimed at the liquidation of Palestinian national rights.

The activities included printing the biggest “Refugee Card”, which is a card that was obtained by Palestinian refugees from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on which they can get relief services and food aid.

The card had the name of President Mahmoud Abbas, a refugee himself, who came from Safad city, now occpied by Israel inside the 1948 lines. The card contains metaphoric number of ‘children’ of Mahmoud Abbas, six million refugees, 2 million of whom are children. It also uses the date of the Palestinian exodus/ Nakba, 1948.

The card will be hung at the entrance of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s office in Bethlehem tomorrow, Tuesday, at 12 O’clock, where there will also be a stand to support his speech at the UN to express group rejection of US practices against Palestinians.

Member of the Fatah movement in Bethlehem, Abdullah al-Zaghari, said  the card carries the hopes of Palestinian refugees all over the world to return to their homes after more than 70 years of displacement and asylum.

“The card is 9 * 4 meters, and we seek to add it to the Guinness Book of Records as a symbol of the Palestinian people’s right of return.” Zghari said.

“This is a message to the whole world that the Palestinian people are united together, and to show support of President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech at the UN General Assembly, since he represents the national legitimacy of the Palestinian people.

Abbas is due to speak at the UNGA on Thursday, September 27, after the US decided to completely cut funding for the UNRWA, close down the PLO office in Washington, and had moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem declaring the latter the capital of Israel, which was faced by local and international criticism, and considered as a denial of Palestinian’s national rights of return and self-determination.