In a historic first for Congress, Representative Rashida Tlaib has introduced a resolution commemorating the 74th anniversary of the Nakba, a catastrophic crime that continues to shape the Palestinian experience today. The resolution recognizes the mass expulsion of Palestinians from historic Palestine in 1948, the refugee crisis, and the role of the U.S. in supporting the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
Furthermore, the resolution calls for the following:
- Congressional recognition of the Nakba and to “commemorate the Nakba through official recognition and remembrance;”
- “Reject efforts to enlist, engage, or otherwise associate the US government with denial of the Nakba;”
- “Encourage education and public understanding of the facts of the Nakba;”
- Continuation of the support for UNRWA;
- “Support the implementation of Palestinian refugees’ rights as enshrined in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
AJP Action thanks Rep. Tlaib for her consistent efforts in advocating for Palestinian human rights. Only a few years ago, resolutions like this one seemed out of reach, but as more champions of human rights are elected to Congress, we inch closer to justice for Palestine.
Right now, we need your help! Has your Representative co-sponsored this resolution yet? Ask them to act today! (Please note, while we wrote email and call scripts for you, it’s highly encouraged that you also include a personal story. If you have a personal Nakba story, share it.)
Want to do more? Here are two more actions you can take:
1. Sign our petition to demand Israel’s disparate treatment of American travelers as a non-negotiable condition in the bilateral relations between the two countries
2. Stop Israeli Ethnic Cleansing of Masafer Yatta
Thank you for taking action for Palestine; we won’t stop until it’s free.