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The United Nations commemorates the Nakba of the Palestinian people with an official event

Ramallah (UNA) - Today, Monday, the 75th of May, the Palestinian people in the homeland and diaspora commemorate the XNUMXth anniversary of the Nakba.

For the first time since 1948, the United Nations will commemorate the Nakba of the Palestinian people with an official event, at the headquarters of the international body in New York, where a special high-level meeting will be organized from 10 am to 12:30 pm (New York time) in Conference Room No. 4 at the United Nations Headquarters United.

The event will be chaired by Ambassador Cheikh Niang, Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, and the President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, will deliver a speech, in addition to statements by the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, and the Commissioner-General of the UN agency Relief and Works for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Philippe Lazzarini, representatives of regional groups and civil society.

In addition to the official event, a special commemorative event and concert will be held in the United Nations General Assembly Hall, from 6 to 8 pm (New York time), and this event aims to create a rich experience about the Nakba of the Palestinian people, through photos, videos, testimonies, and two concerts. The first is by the Palestinian artist, Sana Mousa, and the other is by Nasim Al-Atrash, the Grammy Award-nominated cellist and composer, accompanied by the New York Arab Orchestra.

All UN members and observers are invited to attend the two events, as well as intergovernmental and civil society organizations, as well as the public, according to a statement posted on the UN website.

Records of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) indicate that the number of refugees registered with it in December 2020 amounted to about 6.4 million Palestinian refugees, of whom about two million are in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, about 28.4% of the refugees registered with UNRWA live in 58 official camps affiliated with it, distributed as 10 camps in Jordan, 9 camps in Syria, 12 camps in Lebanon, 19 camps in the West Bank, and 8 camps in Gaza strip.

These estimates represent the minimum number of Palestinian refugees, given that there are unregistered refugees, as this number does not include those Palestinians who were displaced after 1949 until the eve of the June 1967 war “according to the definition of UNRWA.” It also does not include the Palestinians who left or were deported in 1967 on the grounds of war, and who were not refugees in the first place.

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