Op-Ed video: 'It's not 75 years from the Nakba, it's 75 years of the Nakba'
For the first time in the history of the United Nations the world body will stage a high-level meeting on 15 May to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Nakba.
The word "Nakba" means "catastrophe" in Arabic, and refers to the systematic ethnic cleansing of two-thirds of the Palestinian population by Zionist paramilitaries to make way for the creation of Israel in 1948.
Organisers said the event serves "as a reminder of the historic injustice suffered by the Palestinian people."
Speaking with Middle East Eye, Francesca Albanese, a lawyer and UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, said it was crucial to "support justice and accountability."
"Every day is a day of confinement, land confiscation, forced evictions, beatings and mass arrests," she said.
"This is why the Palestinians calling [it] an ongoing Nakba. And in the face of it what is the international community doing? Nothing for the better and nothing for justice."