Amnesty International Slams Israel’s Refusal to Grant Palestinian Return

On Nakba Day, Amnesty urged Israeli authorities to respect the Palestinians’ right of return. (Photo: via Social Media)

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.

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.”

He added:

“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)

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