Israel’s refusal to grant Palestinian refugees the right to return has fuelled seven decades of suffering, international rights group Amnesty International said in a statement released today.
Marking Nakba Day, when Palestinians remember the ethnic cleansing conducted by Israeli forces in 1948, Amnesty urged Israeli authorities to respect the Palestinians’ right of return.
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The statement said:
“Israel’s failure to respect the right to return for Palestinians who were forced to flee their homes in 1948 is a flagrant violation of international law that has fuelled decades of suffering on a mass scale for Palestinian refugees across the region.”
Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said:
“More than 70 years after the conflict that followed Israel’s creation, the Palestinian refugees who were forced out of their homes and dispossessed of their land as a result continue to face the devastating consequences.”
The RIGHT of return is not a radical idea, but a given for refugees who were forced to leave their homes due to conflict or natural disaster. It is a human right, codified in law. See how applicable to Palestinian refugees, @amnesty position at link. https://t.co/NebwDs7dom pic.twitter.com/BDtLCAOtkP
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“There can be no lasting solution to the Palestinian refugee crisis until Israel respects Palestinian refugees’ right to return.”
(Middle East Monitor, PC, Social Media)