The Palestinian Embassy in the UK celebrated the anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba in the British capital, London. More than 400 people attended the event, including British MPs from the main parties, ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps working in Britain, in addition to representatives of British solidarity groups and communities, including Palestinians, Muslims and Arabs in Britain.
The ceremony was revived in Westminster Hall, which held the first session of the United Nations General Assembly in January 1946, to mark the role of the United Nations and the international community in the Nakba of Palestine.
The meeting included speeches by Hussam Zomlad, the ambassador of the Palestinian Authority to the United Kingdom, and MPs from the ruling Conservative Party, apart from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party.
Francesca Albanese, the UN Rapporteur on Human Rights in Palestine, attended the ceremony in addition to Amy Shalon and Lynne Muhammad, representatives of the Palestinian community in Britain.
In his address, Somlad emphasized that “without a deeper understanding of the Nakba, without addressing the endless injustice it inflicted on the Palestinian people, there can be no hope for a just solution.”
His grandfather described his childhood journey to see them forced to flee their home during the Nakba in 1948.
Why, Zomlot asked, are there still six million Palestinian refugees in refugee camps in the region despite the clarity of international law? He said: “With the continuation of the settlement project in the Occupied Territories, the Nakba continues, and deportations and migration must stop as Palestinians leave their lands.” And about their homes.
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