The United States and the United Kingdom are responsible for the permanent displacement of nearly a million Palestinians during the 1948 war, known as the Nakba (extermination), Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud told the United Nations on Monday. .
These two countries, Abbas said, are “directly politically and morally responsible for the Nakba of the Palestinian people because they participated in the suffering of our people when they tried to establish another entity (the Jewish people) in our historical homeland.” decided.”
Abbas said, “America and Britain did this for their own colonial goals and objectives.”
Abbas spoke at a special session of the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Nakba.
What did Abbas say during the speech?
During the wide-ranging speech, Abbas alternately called for a two-state solution to the pre-1967 Israeli–Palestinian conflict and insisted that he was ready to hold talks with Israel to achieve that goal. Are.
At the same time, it also reaffirmed Israel’s sovereign territory and Palestinian land rights in both the West Bank and Gaza.
Abbas has called for the right of return for Palestinian refugees to pre-1967 lands, a move Israel has opposed in the past on the grounds that it undermines any prospect of an ethnic nationalist two-state solution .
Abbas told the United Nations that “it was important for refugees to return to their cities and towns from which they were displaced so that this tragedy does not become a blot on humanity.”
Furthermore, the PA’s president remarked that the United Nations should implement the Hundred Resolutions issued in defense of the rights of Palestinians, including Resolution 181 of 1947, which, he said, calls for the establishment of an Arab state “to for the “Palestinian people in 44% of the total area of historical Palestine with the State of Israel”.
However, Abbas failed to mention that Israel accepted that offer and that the Arab states rejected it and then launched an existential war against the nascent Jewish state, which was described by the Israelis as the 1948 War of Independence. came to be known as
“Israel must be forced to accept resolutions 181 and 194 on the return of Palestinian refugees or face suspension,” he added.
“We officially demand today” that the United Nations insist that Israel “abide by these resolutions or it will suspend Israel’s membership of the United Nations,” Abbas concluded.