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US lawmakers introduce bill that recognizes the Nakba

US  lawmakers introduce bill that recognizes the Nakba

WASHINGTON, Tuesday, May 17, 2022 (WAFA) –  A number of US congress members Monday introduced to the US house a bill that recognizes the Palestinian Nakba, the forced expulsion and ethnic cleansing of some 750,000 Palestinians by the Zionists 74 years ago and turning them into refugees to establish a Jewish-majority state in Palestine.

The bill is cosponsored by US-Palestinian congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and fellow progressives Betty McCollum, Marie Newman, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“Today, I introduced a resolution recognising the Nakba (catastrophe), where 400 Palestinian towns and villages were destroyed, over 700,000 Palestinians uprooted from their homes, and made refugees," Tlaib tweeted on Monday after introducing her resolution to the US House of Representatives.

“We must acknowledge that the humanity of Palestinians is being denied when folks refuse to acknowledge the war crimes and human rights violations in apartheid Israel.”

Meanwhile, the US Campaign for Human Rights described the submission of the bill as a “historic moment”.

“We are proud to endorse Congresswoman Tlaib’s principled Nakba Day resolution,” said Sana Siddiq, USCPR's Manager of Policy and Advocacy Campaigns. “To acknowledge the historic and ongoing injustice of Israel's ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people is a vital first step. By recognizing this history, we can shift U.S. foreign policy toward justice and accountability.”

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