Palestinians observed the 56th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, reiterating their unwavering commitment to resistance and struggle until liberation. Despite decades of United Nations resolutions calling for an end to the occupation, Israel has instead intensified its settlement activities, further entrenching its control over Palestinian territories.
The Palestinian National Council’s Statement
The Palestinian National Council, the parliament in exile, issued a statement acknowledging the painful memory of the occupation. It condemned the ongoing state terrorism and violations committed by the Israeli government against the Palestinian people, land, and holy sites. The council highlighted Israel’s daily incursions, Judaization of Jerusalem, and the suffering of prisoners, as well as the unjust siege imposed on Gaza. It called upon the international community to uphold justice and support the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights guaranteed by international laws and covenants.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates’ Condemnation
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates expressed strong condemnation for the international community’s failure and lack of will to compel Israel to comply with United Nations resolutions. It criticized Israel’s persistent aggression, including plans for annexation and the seizure of Palestinian lands for settlement construction. The ministry highlighted the demolition of homes, daily attacks by Israeli forces and settler militias, incursions, arrests, and extrajudicial killings, which continue to exacerbate the suffering of Palestinians.
Fatah’s Determination to Continue the Struggle
Fatah, the ruling political party, issued a separate statement vowing to persist in the struggle against the Israeli occupation with increased determination. It emphasized that international laws and the UN Covenant grant Palestinians the right to resist occupation, settlements, and all other oppressive policies until they achieve victory. Fatah called for an end to the occupation and the realization of Palestinian freedom.
As Palestinians marked the 56th anniversary of the Israeli occupation, they reiterated their commitment to resistance and the pursuit of liberation. The calls for justice, international support, and the recognition of Palestinian rights continue to resonate. Despite the challenges, the Palestinian people remain steadfast in their struggle for freedom, self-determination, and the establishment of an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.