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Palestine, and the nations’ memory

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The month of November, full of painful memories, passed without many Arabs remembering that on 2 November 1917, Palestine was officially usurped with the issuance of the ill-fated Balfour Declaration and that on 29 November – the real date of the Nakba – Palestine was divided. It is, therefore, a mockery that the United Nations (UN), who issued the Partition Plan on the same day in 1947, chose for this day to be the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

In his speech on this occasion in 1977, the UN secretary-general reiterated the UN’s commitment to upholding the rights of the Palestinian people and stated that the UN will not budge in its commitment to the Palestinian people. However, he did not tell us how it would be celebrated, or why he did not restore the rights of the Palestinians in this celebration, nor what is preventing him from carrying out his commitments, as he claimed. This international organisation has disregarded our minds and has not once, since its establishment, done justice to the Palestinian people. Instead, it relinquished their rights and established the Israeli state on their land.

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Although this solidarity will not return the land of Palestine to its indigenous people, we have not yet seen a positive action on the ground that expresses this solidarity, neither internationally nor on the Arab level, with the exception of the images of the Palestinian keffiyeh that we post on our social media pages. However, the Arab governments have removed this day from their memories, as we have not heard a single word from them, not even a small gesture nor reference to the anniversary of this fateful day. Nothing to remind the Nakba........

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