At the program organized by Keçiören Municipality together with the Palestinian Embassy under the slogan of “The right of return will not be lost ever” as a part of the 70th Anniversary of Nakba program, the decision of the USA was condemned with the emphasis on ” Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine”.

The program at the Yunus Emre Cultural Center was attended by Mayor of Keçiören Mustafa Ak, Palestinian Ambassador in Turkey Faed Mustafa, Libyan Ambassador in Turkey Abdurrazaq Mukhtar Abdulqader, President of AFAD Dr. Mehmet Güllüoğlu, Embassy representatives, Palestinian guests and a large number of other guests. The program has started with the Quran recitation. Mayor of Keçiören Mustafa Ak, stated that by moving the American embassy to Jerusalem a dynamite was brought again to the peace in the Middle East. He also said, “Jerusalem, which after the siege of Israel was referred with tears, blood, and cruelty, with the recent violence before the month of Ramadan has paved way for it to be remembered with bloodshed, violence, and oppression once again. Jerusalem is the dearest of the Islamic world, its righteous cause, the spiritual crown and the legitimate flag, and this reality cannot be changed. We reject this decision once more. By choosing to be a part of the problem, the US has lost the role of mediation in the peace process and has wasted its hopes for peace in the Middle East region. Today, we mourn all of our martyrs who have died and have contributed to the Palestinian cause throughout history”.

At the program, Palestinian Ambassador Faed Mustafa said that today his grandchildren are being exposed to the persecution and suffering that his grandparents passed through 70 years ago. He said, “No matter how much they persecute us, we will not emigrate and we will win. It has been 70 years since this great disaster. We are not crying for the rights that are taken from our hand, we are sworn to take these rights back. Freedom is the hope of the Palestinian people. Trump and his administration’s decision are wrong, Jerusalem is Muslim and Arab, history will not forgive those who celebrate together with the invaders. We see the US as responsible for the bloodshed that has happened after the decision of December 6, 2017. My sincere gratitude for Turkey’s government and its people for showing care regarding our cause.

Libyan Ambassador Abdurrazaq Mukhtar Abdulqade stated that the Palestinian case is the largest case of systematic occupation seen in the human history that has happened with the support of great powers. “Killings, occupation, displacement, disrespect for the sacred places has been going on for 70 years. The honorable Palestinian people have not lost their faith in their cause. We reject America’s unjust decision”.

At the program, the photo exhibition and a documentary film about Nakba were shown, and the prays for free Palestine and martyrs was performed.

16.05.2018