End the Catastrophe Imposed on the
All Out to Support the Resistance of the Palestinian People on Occasion of Al Nakba
May 15 marks the 72nd anniversary of Al Nakba --
the Catastrophe -- a day marking a "continuous
journey of pain, loss and injustice" for the
Palestinian people. It marks the day that some
750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their
homes during the 1948 war. Palestinians were
forced from their lands and homes due to military
attacks by Zionist forces, supported by the
British and U.S. governments. The Israeli Zionist
forces attacked 774 cities and villages, and
occupied 80 per cent of the Palestinian soil after
killing nearly 15,000 Muslim and Christian
civilians. Those who survived were forced to
migrate to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and
neighbouring countries, such as Syria, Jordan and
May 15, Al Nakba Day, is living memory of these
crimes, crimes which set the scene for today's
conditions where more than seven million
Palestinians live in exile, while two million are
living in the Gaza strip, the world's largest
This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic
conditions, the form the mass mobilization will
take is online seminars, film streaming and online
expressions of support of all kinds. The
peoples of the world support Palestinian
resistance, statehood and their right to be and
will honour and recognize their struggle with
all their hearts and minds, demanding that the
world community of nations do its duty and end the
injustice once and for all.
Leading up to Al Nakba Day, Israeli occupation
soldiers brutally shot and killed Zaid Qaysia, a
15-year-old Palestinian from Hebron, on May 12.
Four others were wounded. Israeli soldiers were
raiding the Al Fawwar refugee camp. Dozens more
Palestinians have been detained in Israeli raids
across the occupied West Bank. One Israeli soldier
died at the hands of the resistance while carrying
out these savage raids in recent days.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was
meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu the day Israeli troops killed Zaid
Qaysia. Pompeo commented that "Israel has the
right to defend itself and America will
consistently support you in that effort."
Painting depicting the Nakba by Palestinian artist
Pompeo was in Israel to discuss Israeli
annexation of occupied Palestinian territories.
Netanyahu set July 1 as the date to officially
annex parts of the West Bank and a number of
illegal Israeli settlements. Pompeo said "there
remains work to do and we need to make progress on
that" revealing that annexation and extinguishing
the right to be of Palestinians is the U.S.
imperialist agenda, not simply an Israeli agenda.
Annexation is what the U.S. "Deal of the Century"
announced earlier this year by President Trump is
The Israeli Zionists are pushing ahead. On May 6,
according to the Jerusalem Post, the Israeli
Minister of Defense Naftali Bennett approved the
expansion of the Efrat settlement south of
Jerusalem (al-Quds), and endorsed the plan for
some 7,000 new settler units in the
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
has condemned Israel's plan to annex much of the
occupied West Bank, saying the move will shut the
door on possible "peace negotiations" with the
Palestinians. The Palestinian Authority has
rejected the "Deal" with utter contempt. The Arab
League has said annexation would be a "war crime."
The Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Expatriates denounced the Israeli regime's
approval for the construction of the 7,000 new
settler units in the West Bank as a flagrant
violation of international law and UN resolutions.
According to the Palestinian Ambassador to the UN
Riyad Mansour, the UN Security Council will meet
to discuss the situation on May 20.
On this occasion of the 72nd anniversary of Al
Nakba Day, the world salutes the heroic
resistance of the Palestinian people and once
again raises the demand to end the injustice now!
No to Israeli Annexation!
No to the U.S. Deal of the Century!
Free Free Palestine!
Great Return March actions in Gaza, near the
Israeli border, mark Nakba 70 in 2018.
This article was published in
Volume 50 Number 17 - May 16, 2020
End the Catastrophe Imposed on the
Palestinian People! : All Out to Support the Resistance of the Palestinian People on Occasion of Al Nakba