The World Zionist Organization (WZO), a European political and settler colonial movement, established Israel in Palestine in 1948. Without the consent of the indigenous people, the Palestinians, the WZO worked diligently to colonize and settle Palestine with mostly European Jews and proclaimed that Palestinians either did not exist and/or should be ethnically cleansed. In 1948 Israel was declared independent in Palestine and proceeded to expel the majority of Palestinians from their homes and properties. To this day Israel remains adamantly against allowing the expelled Palestinians to return to their homes and properties.