Tuesday, June 06, 2023

(JPost) The Biden administration confirmed it did not attend the United Nations’ events to mark the 75th anniversary of the Nakba Day due to anti-Israel bias on the part of the organizers.

According to Israel’s mission to the UN, the United States was among 45 countries that boycotted the UN Nakba Day events, including the UK, Canada, Australia, Albania, Ukraine and India as well as 11 of the EUs 27 member states including Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia.

The first event included a wide-ranging speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas who disavowed the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and the adjoining Western Wall, known to Muslims as al-Haram, al-Sharif and the Buraq Plaza. He called for Israel’s ouster from the United Nations and accused its government of fabricating facts at a level akin to that of chief Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

Abbas called for the UN to hold such Nakba Day events annually.

In the evening a second event was held that included a musical performance. During the event, a number of videos were played that highlighted the suffering of Palestinian refugees. In one film clip controversial Israeli historian Ilan Pappe accused Israeli leaders of ethnically cleansing Palestinians.

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