Sunday, 23 March 2014

Activists hold global day of action for Palestinian right of return


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Activists around the world held a day of action entitled "Return Unifies Us" on Saturday in support of the implementation of the right to return of all Palestinian refugees, especially those currently in Syria.

"By insistence on the unity and cohesion of our people everywhere, the unity of their struggle, and the oneness of their destiny, the right of return to their homes of origin and other national principles can be achieved," a call signed by more than one hundred Palestinian popular associations around the world read.

Organizers hoped to raise awareness about the plight of the more than seven million Palestinian refugees, who are the descendants of the more than 700,000 Palestinians expelled from their homes by Israeli forces in the 1948 Nakba, or "catastrophe." Israeli authorities continue to refuse to allow the refugees to return, despite UN resolution 194 mandating they be allowed to do so. more