Wed 15 May 2024 11:03 pm - Jerusalem Time

China: 76 years after the Nakba, the injustice of the people of Palestine continues to worsen

China said on Wednesday that despite the passage of 76 years since the Palestinian Nakba in 1948, “the historical injustice against the Palestinian people continues to worsen.”

This came as part of statements by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, during a press conference held in the capital, Beijing.

“Nakba” is a term the Palestinians give to the day on which the establishment of Israel was declared on most of their lands on May 15, 1948. They commemorate it with marches, events and exhibitions in Palestine and around the world, to demand their rights, including the right of return for millions of refugees.

"76 years ago, more than half of the Palestinian population fled or were expelled from their homes during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and many of them and their descendants became refugees in the Gaza Strip," Wang said.

He added: "After 76 years, the historical injustice suffered by the Palestinian people has worsened and is far from being corrected."

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman explained that his country "will continue to work with the international community to promote an early, comprehensive, just and lasting settlement of the Palestinian issue, end the Nakba forever, and achieve peaceful coexistence between Israel and Palestine, as well as harmony between Arabs and Jews."

Regarding Gaza, Wang said, "Today the Gaza Strip is in ruins and rubble. The wounded and sick do not receive timely treatment, the hungry do not receive basic necessities, and those fleeing the disaster have nowhere to go."

He continued: "People cannot help but wonder, how long will the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza continue, and when will the Palestinian people be able to see an end to their suffering?!"

Wang stressed that China "firmly opposes the expansion of fighting to Rafah, and opposes collective punishment against the residents of Gaza."

He stressed that China "supports the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with full sovereignty along the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital."

China also supports granting Palestine “full membership” in the United Nations “as soon as possible,” according to Wang.

The anniversary of the Nakba comes this year, with Israel continuing its devastating war on the Gaza Strip, since October 7, 2023, leaving tens of thousands dead and wounded, most of them children and women, massive destruction, and famine that claimed the lives of children and the elderly.

Israel continues its war despite the issuance of an immediate ceasefire resolution by the Security Council, and despite its appearance before the International Court of Justice on charges of committing "genocide."


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China: 76 years after the Nakba, the injustice of the people of Palestine continues to worsen