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Why more than 40 countries boycotted U.N.'s debut Palestinian ‘Nakba (punishing Israeli Independence) Day'

Israel's Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan speaks with sign 
 "Stop ignoring Jewish Nakba," at United Nations, Nov 30, 2022.

In a seemingly endless war of stories, the Palestinians took center stage at the United Nations on Monday, even though Israel was victorious in shrinking its audience.

May 15 marks the first official UN "Nakba Day", according to a resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December. In Arabic, the word means "disaster" or "catastrophe", regarding the founding of modern Israel on May 14, 1948.

The ceremonies took place Monday morning at the United Nations, despite the alleged 'catastrophic' narrative, which included Palestinian Arabs' rejection of a 1947 UN plan to partition Palestine from Britain. mandate into Jewish and Arab states, and in violation of the United Nations charter. when armed Arabs sought to destroy a state established in 1948.

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas attacked the US and UK in his speech, saying both are responsible for the current Palestinian situation by establishing Israel for their own political ends, considering Palestinians are victims.

“These countries want to get rid of their Jews and take advantage of their presence in Palestine (British Mandate),” Mr. Abbas said. Abbas stressed that the United Nations suspends Israel if it does not give state to the Palestinians and demands the so-called "right of return" for the millions of descendants of the refugees. He perjured that Israel had agreed to this provision in 1947 to be accepted as a member state of the United Nations.

The US and UK announced last week that they would not be participating in Monday's events, angering Abbas. The UN Delegation and Israel's Foreign Ministry lobbied to convince other member states to stop attending, which seems to have paid off.

About 32 countries are said to have avoided, including Ukraine, 10 European Union member states, three African countries and Canada. Gilad Erdan, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, sent a letter to his colleagues on Sunday urging them not to participate in "Nakba Day" ceremonies. “The idea that an international organization could mark the founding of one of its member states is a disaster or a catastrophe that is both appalling and repulsive,” he wrote.

Erdan warned that participation in unilateral initiatives such as the "Nakba Day" event "gives the Palestinians the green light to continue to exploit international bodies to advance their defamation narrative." ." It also contributed to hatred of the Jews, he said.

"It is a shame that the United Nations marked the birthday of a country for the first time - the 75th anniversary of the founding of the only Jewish state in the world, Israel, approved by the United Nations in 1947 - by call it 'disaster'," B'nai B'rith International tweeted on Monday. "Palestinian 'Nakba' Day promotes a ghastly narrative that promotes more conflict, not peace."

Bulgaria, Czechia, Greece, Guatemala, Italy and Peru are said to be among others boycotting Monday's event. The General Assembly will host an event on the evening of May 15, featuring Palestinian singer Sanaa Moussa, the New York Arab Orchestra, and many other exhibits and testimonials. Palestinian supporters also held a rally outside the United Nations headquarters on Monday morning.

The EndJewHatred movement held a rally outside the United Nations at 5pm Monday in protest of the world body's "flagrant and consistent hatred of Jews" he tweeted.

Spotted now, in front of the United Nations before our protest! We will not be silent in the face of Jewish hatred. The days of the Jew who lived with their heads bowed are over. 'Nakba Day' is a call to genocide and we will not allow it to go undefeatable. pic.twitter.com/x4iQsQSR1y

– Brooke Goldstein (@GoldsteinBrooke) May 15, 2023

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