On May 15th, Nakba Day, the Mossawa Center stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people, reflecting on the catastrophic events that took place on this date in 1948. It marks the beginning of the Nakba, which led to the displacement of an estimated 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and lands.
The Nakba continues to cast a dark shadow on the lives of Palestinians as they face ongoing discrimination and racism. The forced displacement and dispossession in 1948 were the result of policies that marginalized and expelled Palestinians, denying them their rightful place in society.
Today, Palestinians still endure systemic inequalities, human rights violations, and a denial of their basic rights. Discriminatory practices persist, manifesting in limited access to housing, employment, education, healthcare, and freedom of movement. These barriers hinder their full participation in society, perpetuating a cycle of inequality.
Furthermore, Palestinians face racial profiling, arbitrary arrests, and the excessive use of force by authorities, creating an environment of racism and injustice. The Nakba serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing struggle against these injustices.
In addition to the ongoing discrimination and racism, the Mossawa Center strongly condemns the recent escalation and attacks on Gaza. We express deep concern for the loss of more than 25 innocent Palestinian lives, including children, as a result of these unjustified attacks.
Therefore, the Mossawa Center urges the international community to take immediate action, exert diplomatic pressure, and demand an end to the unjustified attacks on the Palestinian people. It is crucial for the international community to condemn the disproportionate use of force and work toward accountability for any violations of human rights and international law.