House members led by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., introduced a bill Monday calling for U.S. recognition of the “Nakba,” a term meaning “catastrophe” that is usually practiced by Palestinians to refer to Israel. [tweet_embed] May 20, 2022[/tweet_embed] The motion was presented a week and a half after Israeli Independence Day, which coincides with the Palestinian commemoration of Nakba Day. It calls for the U.S. to “commemorate the Nakba through official recognition and remembrance” while asserting that this “refers not only to a historical event but to an ongoing process of Israel’s expropriation of Palestinian land and its dispossession of the Palestinian people that continues to this day.” “The Palestinian people since the 48 Nakba have been living under oppression and violent racism. Silence + blank checks enables more death and violence,” Tlaib tweeted, citing the year Israel was created and recognized via a UN resolution, and U.S. financial support for the Jewish state. “During Israel’s creation, nearly 75% of the Palestinian population was ethnically cleansed from Palestine and more than 400 Palestinian villages destroyed,” IMEU said in a series of tweets. “These actions were deliberately planned and carried out by Zionist militias in order to steal Palestinian land.” [tweet_embed] May 20, 2022[/tweet_embed] Tlaib, who is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, submitted the resolution on behalf of herself and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Cori Bush, D-Mo., Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., Marie Newman, D-Ill., and Betty McCollum, D-Minn. Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez, and Omar are among a group of Left-wing Democrats known as the “Squad,” which has often taken anti-Israel opinions. The resolution claims that Palestinians opposed the UN’s 1947 recommendation to partition the territory then known as Palestine into two states, one for Arabs and one for Jews. It states that before Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians had fled their homes “often after attacks by Zionist militias.” It does not refer to the use of some of those areas by invading Arab nations to attack Israel. The resolution also stresses the conflict differently than the State Department’s Office of the Historian, which states that after the UN resolution, “[f]ighting began with attacks by irregular bands of Palestinian Arabs… against Jewish cities, settlements and armed forces.” [tweet_embed] May 20, 2022[/tweet_embed] In the aftermath of the war, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians remained displaced, having not been absorbed by neighboring countries. Palestinians continue to call for a right for them and their descendants – now numbering in the millions – to return to homes now located within Israel. Israel receives $3.8 bn in U.S. military aid annually, and this year Washington added another $1bn in assistance to “replenish” Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system after a May 2021 Gaza conflict.