Brussels, 15 May, 2023
Today Palestinians commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Nakba (Catastrophe). The Pax Christi International Working Group toward a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine, expresses in this Statement, that this tragedy continues. We call on the international community to demand an end to the relentless ongoing Nakba.
As Palestinians commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Nakba, it is crucial to see, as they do, that the Nakba was not solely a historical milestone but a never-ending scourge. Today, the trauma of the Nakba continues with every eviction order, home or school demolition, military incursion into a village, refugee camp, or place of worship, destruction of treasured ancient olive trees and confiscation of land and every child or political prisoner held in the black hole of administrative detention.
On this sombre day, Pax Christi International calls on the international community to demand an end to the relentless ongoing Nakba. Without deliberate actions to halt the expansion of settlements, the military occupation of the West Bank, and the stranglehold siege of Gaza, the Palestinian people will not be able to wake from the nightmare they have been living for over seven decades. Recognition of the past and accountability for Israel’s continued efforts to rid the land between the river and the sea of its indigenous people are crucial steps to finally bringing peace with justice and dignity to all those living in the Holy Land.