Commemorating the Catastrophe.

Sixty-two years ago we owned the Holy Land and lived in peace before their arrival. To this very day I still carry the key to our house just like many Palestinians. The key to our home we were brutally forced to leave and never go back to it. 1948, was the year when the change began and unfortunately it wasn’t for our benefit. On that year, we were slaughtered and killed in cold blood. Driven away from our own houses and our land we once owned.

Hundreds of villages had not only been depopulated but obliterated, houses blown up or bulldozed. Isn’t this year, a year of displacement and dispossession, worthy of commemoration? I think it is.

Al Nakba (The Catastrophe) has  become a collective memory of two          contrasting periods in our Palestinian  history. It changed our lives at an  individual level and a national level.  After 1948, we were treated as refugees  and known to deserve the support of  international aid agencies. The ethnic cleansing of Palestinians did not stop in  1948. After Israel has established itself  on our dear Land, they continued to  dispose Palestinians and transfer them  during the ‘50s. In addition, the Israeli  Zionist authorities have declared that  the Palestinian villages are closed  military zones to prevent the Palestinians from returning as well as, razing more villages and transforming them into Jewish settlements, national parks, forests and even parking lots. The Jewish National Fund also planted depopulated villages to conceal Palestinian existence. They wanted to remove any non-Jewish sings and appearance in Palestine to mistakenly claim that this is their Land and that was their right. Even the names of villages and towns were changed to make them look like a “Jewish village”. This is madness. From that moment, the original inhabitants of Palestine lost everything related to their identity and they lived as refugees in neighboring countries. This tragic day is commemorated by the Palestinians as a catastrophe and by the Israelis as a celebration of its independence and its establishment.  It is your duty as a human being to remind the world of this event and to inform the public of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians.

What has kept us Palestinians alive since Al Nakba is the dream of returning to our land. It’s our survival and determination that we wish to celebrate one day. Generations after generations have been raised to keep the hope within and to remember Palestine and to pass on the message to the next generation with the will to resist and remember our usurped land.

One day we’ll return to our home and land and live peacefully once again.
Al Nakba is the continuing saga of my people up to today. Al Nakba illustrates the condition where the credo of might is right leads to the corruption of the soul of those who are guilty of perpetuating the dispossession of Palestinians from their rightful homeland.


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