Several US lawmakers introduce bill recognizing 'catastrophe' of Israel's illegal creation
Several US lawmakers introduced a resolution on Monday calling for Washington’s recognition of the "Nakba," a term referring to the misery or catastrophe of Israel’s illegal creation.
The resolution was submitted in the US House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Congress.
The bill calls for the US to "commemorate the Nakba through official recognition and remembrance," while claiming that this "refers not only to a historical event but to an ongoing process of Israel's expropriation of Palestinian land and its dispossession of the Palestinian people that continues to this day."
US Representative Rashida Tlaib, who is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, submitted the resolution on behalf of herself and Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush, Jamaal Bowman, Marie Newman, and Betty McCollum.
"The Palestinian people since the 48 Nakba have been living under oppression and violent racism. Silence + blank checks enables more death and violence," Tlaib tweeted, referencing the year Israel was illegally created, and US financial support for the regime.
Every year on May 15, Palestinians mark Nakba Day or the day of misery, which coincides with the creation of Israel in 1948. On that time, some 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly evicted out of their lands by Israeli forces and took refuge mostly in the occupied Wes Bank, the Gaza Strip and Palestine’s neighboring states.
Today, around 5 million Palestinians are still displaced and are denied the right to return to their homeland.