United Nations denotes establishment of Israel as ‘catastrophe’


With a vote of 90 to 30 with 47 abstentions, the United Nations voted to hold a commemorative event in honor of the 75th “Nakba Day” – using the Palestinian delineation of the establishment of the State of Israel.

The United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of a resolution that commemorates the “Nakba,” which means catastrophe in Arabic, referring to the modern State of Israel’s establishment in 1948. The international community has never before branded a country’s birth a “catastrophe.”

 “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,
That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” Psalm 83:4

In 1998, Palestine Liberation Organization head Yasser Arafat proposed that the day after Israel’s 50th anniversary as a state should be remembered by the Palestinians as a day of catastrophe related to the displacement of the majority of Arabs living in the land during Israel’s fight for independence and survival under joint attack by five Arab nations – Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Since Arafat’s proposal, Palestinians have marked May 15 each year with demonstrations, strikes and the raising of black flags.

Virtually every Middle Eastern state voted in favor of the resolution that elevates Arafat’s “catastrophe” commemoration to the international stage.

“Today, this General Assembly will finally acknowledge the historical injustice that befell the Palestinian people, adopting a resolution that decides to commemorate in this General Assembly Hall the 75th anniversary of the Nakba,” said Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour at the UN General assembly.

Warning that the two-state solution had reached “the end of the road,” Mansour called on the international community to place pressure on Israel and for the U.N. to unilaterally grant the Palestinians a state, with “East Jerusalem” as its capital.

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