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EMERGENCY REPORT: Nakba, why the U.S. Mission to the U.N. said the U.N. showed its anti-Israel Bias



JERUSALEM (CC) - The United Nations faced widespread criticism and a backlash this week from the U.S. Mission to the U.N., which accused the world government body of Anti-Israel bias after its staging of the very first official Nakba commemoration that was ironically held on the very same day as the 75th anniversary of Israel’s modern establishment on May 14-15, 1948. The U.N. Nakba event seemed to many observers to be an attempt to counter the founding day of Israel’s rebirth as a nation. The U.N. denied that it ever shows bias towards Israel, Nakba or not.


The word "Nakba," also known as the Palestinian Catastrophe, refers to what many Arabs believe was and is the destruction of both the Palestinian's homeland and society starting on May 15, 1948 when Arab armies invaded Israel almost as soon as former and first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion declared national independence.


Arabs say the Nakba includes the permanent displacement of well over 700,000 Palestinians during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, plus what many Arabs believe is the ongoing persecution and occupation of Palestine by Israel's Defense Force.


But U.S. Mission spokesman Nate Evans said, "The United States is not attending the U.N.’s Nakba event. The United States supports actions in the U.N. that bring the parties together and lay the groundwork for a negotiated two-state solution and has also been focused on encouraging the parties to take steps to de-escalate tensions and restore mutual confidence. At the same time, the United States has long-standing concerns over anti-Israel bias within the U.N. system, which is also counter-productive to peace. We do not support events organized or in support of the institutional anti-Israel bias."


In a letter to his fellow U.N. ambassadors, an outraged Gilad Erdan exhorted diplomats "not participate in the Palestinian ‘Nakba Day" event in the U.N. General Assembly that presents "the establishment of Israel as a catastrophe." Erdan is an Israeli politician and diplomat serving as Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations.


The Real Nakba


Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean for the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, told Fox News Digital, "The real Nakba is that the United Nations is allowing itself again to feed the lurid fantasy that the lone Jewish state in the world is illegitimate, despite the fact that the U.N. voted in 1947 to partition the Holy Land into two states one Jewish and one Arab."


Many Jewish people believe that the real Nakba was the alleged and reported expulsion of over one million Jews from Arab countries after the 1948 re-establishment of Israel. During the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, around 10,000 Jews were reportedly forced to evacuate their homes in Palestine or Israel.


According to Wikipedia, sources and references not included, "The war indirectly created a second, major refugee problem, the Jewish exodus from Arab and Muslim lands. Partly because of the war between Jews and Arabs in Palestine, hundreds of thousands of Jews who lived in the Arab states were intimidated into flight, or were expelled from their native countries, most of them reaching Israel. The immediate reasons for the flight were the popular Arab hostility, including pogroms, triggered by the war in Palestine and anti-Jewish governmental measures.


In the three years following the war, about 700,000 Jews immigrated to Israel, where they were absorbed, fed and housed mainly along the borders and in former Palestinian lands. Beginning in 1948, and continuing until 1972, an estimated 800,000 to 1,000,000 Jews fled or were expelled.


From 1945 until the closure of 1952, more than 250,000 Jewish displaced persons lived in European refugee camps. About 136,000 of them immigrated to Israel. More than 270,000 Jews immigrated from Eastern Europe. mainly Romania and Poland (over 100,000 each). Overall 700,000 Jews settled in Israel, doubling its Jewish population."


Touching on both the Jewish and Palestinian populations, U.S. Mission Spokesman Evans concluded, "The United States continues to recognize the plight of Palestinian refugees and continues to believe Israelis and Palestinians alike deserve to live in equal measures freedom, security, and prosperity."



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