The Palestinian embassy in Malta has commemorated the 70th anniversary of the exodus of the Palestinians, an event which is known as “Nakba” which means “catastrophe”. More than 700,000 Palestinians were forced to flee or were evicted from their homes. During this commemoration, representatives from the Government and the Opposition met with members of the diplomatic corps. This was the first time that Nakba was commemorated by the embassy of the Palestinian state in Malta.
The deputy head of the embassy, Fadi Hanania, referred to the people who have lost their lives over the last few hours during the Gaza protests.
He explained that Nakba is a voyage of suffering, which is still ongoing for a large number of Palestinians who are hoping to one day go back to the land of their ancestors. He paid tribute to Malta for its continued support to the Palestinian people, which recognized Palestine as a state in 1988. He said that the decision of the US to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem goes against all international law. He said that the conflict in his country is complicated and the only crisis which has never been solved in the 20th century. Fadi Hanania insisted that the condemnation of the international community was not enough but said that concrete action should be taken to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. He said that the Palestinians need to work with the international community for stability and peace in the region. He said that this was not just about an embassy but about the rights of Palestinians to have freedom of movement, and about their dignity.
The Chairperson of the Committee for Foreign Affairs, Edward Zammit Lewis said that Malta has said on more than one occasion that Palestinians should have their own state, and that it would continue to work towards making this happen, especially on a European level. He said that Malta is committed to supporting a long-term solution for the situation the Palestinians have had to endure for so long.
Speaking on behalf of the Nationalist Party, MP Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici said that the two sides on various occasions have declared that Palestinians should have their own state. He said that there is agreement on the issue of Jerusalem. He expressed his concern about what was happening right now on the Gaza border and insisted that the lives of civilians should be protected and not lost. He said that the international community should do more about the issues in Palestine.