ADC Remembers Historic Palestine on the 68th Anniversary of the Nakba (1948-2016)
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | May 15th, 2016 – Today marks the 68th anniversary of the dispossession of the Palestinian people. Today, Palestinians across the world mourn the destruction of historic Palestine, the eradication of over 250 Arab villages, and the massive displacement of Palestinians by Israeli forces in 1948.
A historic injustice was inflicted on Palestinians in 1948, and the consequences are still resonating today. In 1948, more than 700,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes into an exile which is yet to end. A whole society and way of life was destroyed through the establishment of the state of Israel. To Palestinians, this is known as Al-Nakba, “The Catastrophe”. To learn more about the Nakba and the history of Palestinian dispossession visit the website of the Badil Resource Center.
ADC will continue to advocate the rights of the Palestinian people to freedom, justice, equality and self-determination. Any peaceful resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict requires the following: An end to the Israeli Occupation; the dismantlement of the Israeli Wall which is being constructed through the illegal annexation of Palestinian lands; the cessation and dismantlement of settlements; an end to the collective punishment imposed on the Palestinian population as a result of Israeli occupation policies; the creation of a viable and independent Palestinian state; and the upholding of the right of return of the Palestinian refugees under international law.
Remember the Nakba by taking action to support human rights for Palestinians:
ADC calls on its members and supporters to observe the anniversary of the Nakba by taking action to support Palestinian rights. Members of Congress are finally taking tangible action to support and protect the human rights of Palestinians. Representative Betty McCollum is asking her colleagues in Congress to join her in a letter urging President Obama to appoint a Special Envoy for Palestinian Children. The Special Envoy would help ensure that the State Department makes the human rights of Palestinian children a priority, and holds Israeli and Palestinian governments accountable to their obligations under international law.
Contacting your Congressional Representatives will take a few minutes of your time, but collectively our impact can make a real difference. Click here to urge your Representative to join Rep. McCollum in supporting human rights for Palestinian children!
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign:
You can also support Palestinian rights by participating in the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. Click here to learn more about the BDS Campaign.
Take Action: Tell Congress that supporting BDS is a constitutional right