Historic Resolution on the 75th Anniversary of the Nakba: The United Nations Says Israel Committed Genocide

Palestinians fleeing after Israeli occupation of their land; a scene sadly familiar for over 70 years in Palestine.

The UN has decided to commemorate the Nakba, which is considered the beginning of Israel’s policy of genocide and deportation against the Palestinians. While the registration that the Zionists massacred more than 100 people in the town of Deir Yassin 75 years ago was considered ‘historic’, 4 articles documenting Israel’s oppression and calling for it to end were adopted. A U.S.-based NGO has published a report documenting that Israel has committed war crimes.

Historic decision on the 75th anniversary of the Nakba.

The United Nations (UN) has adopted a series of resolutions recognizing the events of the 1948 Nakba, which are considered the beginning of Israel’s massacres and inhumane policies against the Palestinians. On May 14, 1948, Israel announced the creation of a state on historic Palestinian land. This announcement was the first step in decades of massacre and oppression for Palestinians. The first attack was carried out 75 years ago in the town of Deir Yassin. Zionist terrorists attacked the town of 600 people. As a result of the incident in which more than 100 people died, Palestinians who feared for their safety fled the region. Israel seized Palestinian land and proclaimed the state on May 14, 1948. In the days that followed, Israeli forces destroyed 675 Palestinian villages and towns and killed more than 15,000 Palestinians. Many historic Palestinian cities were also Judaized. In the process, more than 750,000 Palestinians were displaced. The Palestinians refer to this event as the “Nakba”, which means a great catastrophe. Since then, the number of Palestinian refugees has reached 6 million 20 thousand worldwide with population growth.


The decision to commemorate the Nakba, one of the 5 articles adopted at the UN in early December, is accepted as the highest level of recognition of Israeli oppression and genocide in the international community. While 30 countries opposed the commemoration decision, of which 90 countries voted yes, 47 countries abstained. Within the scope of the resolution, the relevant secretariats in the UN will organize programs for the commemoration of the Nakba. On May 15, 2023, a high-level event will be organized and the Nakba will be told to the world.


Apart from the commemoration of the Nakba, 4 more draft resolutions were passed by the UN General Assembly. The Council approved a resolution calling for Israel to cease all activities aimed at changing the status, character and demographic structure of the occupied Palestinian territories that do not comply with international law. Under the resolution titled “Peaceful settlement of the Palestinian issue”, the General Assembly called for an end to arbitrary detentions and arrests, stating that Israel must stop all settlement activities, land confiscation and demolition of houses.


Israel’s UN Envoy Gilad Erdan reacted strongly to the decision. Stating that the decision recognizes the establishment of Israel as a disaster, Erdan said, “What a disgrace.” Hamas spokesman Jihad Taha expressed satisfaction with the adoption of the resolution on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the “Nakba” at the UN General Assembly, noting that the UN resolution means the acceptance of the tragedy in which the Palestinian people were deported from their lands and many of them became refugees.


Meanwhile, the U.S.-based organization Democracy Now for the Arab World (DAWN) has published a report that Israel’s Netzah Yehuda battalion has committed war crimes, including “deliberate killing, torture, inhumane practices.” The report said the Israeli military has been investigating war crimes against Palestinians in the West Bank since 2015. Pointing out that lethal force was used against Zechariah Hamid, Qassem Abbasi and Omar al-Assad without legitimate cause, the report emphasized that the Israeli government “did not take significant legal action” against the crimes of the Netzah Yehuda battalion.

West Bank mandate for racist Smotrich!

Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of the Likud Party, which was tasked with forming the government in Israel, has signed a coalition agreement with the far-right Religious Zionist Party, known for its Islamophobia and demands for harsh policies against the Palestinians. Netanyahu agreed with Betzalel Smotrich, the leader of the Religious Zionist Party, on an agreement that would give three ministries on a rotating basis, including the finance ministry. In addition, the party was also empowered with settlement activities in the occupied West Bank. Betzalel Smotrich, leader of the religious Zionist Party, said in a joint statement with Netanyahu, “Today we are taking another historic step to establish a Jewish, Zionist and national government that will restore security and expand settlements.”