By Alexander Azadgan
On March 30, Israeli occupation forces murdered at least 13 Palestinians and injured more than 1200, using live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and huge quantities of tear gas.
The massive protests in cities across Gaza — the world’s largest open-air prison — were held on Land Day and were the start of a six-week long mobilization leading up to al-Nakba Day, May 15, which commemorates the expulsion of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland in 1948 to make way for the Zionist state of Israel. The protest is called, “The Great March of Return”, and demands that the expelled Palestinian be allowed to return to their land.
The Israeli occupation forces, while attempting to turn reality upside down by claiming to have been acting in “self-defense,” reported suffering zero casualties.
The right of return is a principle in international law which guarantees people’s right of voluntary return to or re-enter their country of origin or of citizenship. A right of return based on nationality, citizenship or ancestry may be enshrined in a country’s constitution or law, and some countries deny a right of return in particular cases or in general. This is the case of the apartheid nation of Zionist Israel, a leading state sponsor of terror.
The right is formulated in several modern treaties and conventions, most notably in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the 1948 Fourth Geneva Convention. The Geneva Conventions, it has been argued, have passed into customary international law and that the right of return is binding on non-signatories to the conventions.
The right of return is often invoked by representatives of refugee groups to assert that they have a right to return to the country from which they were displaced.
The belligerent apartheid state of Israel is in self-evident violation of International Law when it denies the right of return of 7 million displaced Palestinian and then kills those who demand the law to be observed.
This was at full display today for world cameras to record and report to the entire humanity, except of course the Zionist-controlled Western mainstream media which shamelessly stays quite on such great humanitarian matters.
Will anything change? Probably not. Not as long as the Zionist usurpers have a near choke hold on Washington’s foreign policy in the Middle East.
Originally published by Geopolitica on March 31, 2018