The current mass displacement of the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip is the result of the ongoing absence of decisive action of the international community. The international community failed to act in 1948, resulting in mass displacement at the hands of the Zionist militias and the subsequent Israeli military that created over 750,000 Palestinian refugees and at least 40,000 internally displaced persons. Today, 9.17 million Palestinians are refugees and internally displaced persons, constituting 66 percent of the Palestinian people and the largest and longest standing displaced population in the world. Also today, 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have become internally displaced, the vast majority of them are refugees and their descendants from the Nakba of 1948.
In the decades following the historic Nakba, the international community failed again and again: to stop the ongoing Nakba – the continuous forcible displacement and dispossession - of the Palestinian people who have been subjugated to the Israeli colonial-apartheid regime; to hold Israel accountable; and, to ensure the implementation of the Palestinian people’s inalienable rights to self-determination and return. Ater more than one month, the world continues to witness the commission of genocide by Israel and another Palestinian mass displacement. The international community’s failure to protect Palestinians, and its complicity and involvement in the Israeli genocidal war on the Gaza Strip has never been more pronounced and shameful.
United Nations member states and agencies - collectively and individually – MUST ACT NOW.
The time to “call” for actions has passed. There is an immediate responsibility to intervene to stop the 2023 Israeli ethnic cleansing and genocidal war in the Gaza Strip. Any delay in implementing practical measure constitutes complicity and/or participation in the Ongoing Nakba.