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Palestinian National Congress demands UN implement the right of return

May 14, 2016 4:50 P.M. (Updated: May 15, 2016 5:03 P.M.)
AMMAN (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian National Council (PNC) demanded that the United Nations implement Resolution 194 to enable Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and villages in Israel in a statement released on Saturday in commemoration of the 68th anniversary of the 1948 Nakba.

The statement underscored the commitment of Palestinians to the right of all Palestinian refugees and those internally displaced to return to their homes and villages in Israel, adding that the right of return was a “holy and non-negotiable right that can never be given up.”

The statement continued stating that Israel would never have peace or security until the country acknowledges Palestinians' right to return to their homes and ends the illegal military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the devastating blockade on the Gaza Strip.

The council cited extrajudicial killings, torture of prisoners, and the continued expulsion of Palestinians from their lands as few of many crimes routinely committed by Israeli forces against Palestinians.

PNC emphasized that Palestinians would continue to fight and resist the Israeli occupation with "all means available" until their internationally-recognized rights, goals of freedom, independence, and hopes of establishing a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital were realized and achieved.

In another statement released Saturday evening, the Palestinian government called upon Palestinians everywhere to take part in commemorating the 68th anniversary of the Nakba, spokesperson for the national consensus government, Youssef al-Mahmoud, said Saturday.

The government saluted the “legendary resistance” of Palestinians defending their homeland for more than a century against the “most vicious, longest colonial attack and occupation.”

The government also stressed the importance of maintaining Palestinian resistance until freedom and independence were achieved.

Al-Mahmoud added that the government demanded that the international community execute international resolutions, especially Resolution 194.

On May 15, the 1948 Nakba will be commemorated for the 68th year, refocusing the world’s attention on the 750,000 Palestinians displaced during and after the establishment of Israel and the more than five million Palestinians who remain refugees as they wait to return to their lands in present-day Israel.
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