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Commemorating the Catastrophe.

May 19, 2010

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.

May15th, 1948

February 26, 2010

A date that is so hard to forget and will never be forgotten. This date is usually referred to as Al-Nakba (day of the catastrophe).  I always feel upset by this time of the year and usually at all times when this date crosses my mind. I envy those Zionists who get to go in and out of Palestine and I can’t. I literally had to stand in the boiling sun for countless hours trying to get in Gaza but no use.

Why can’t people understand that this land is ours whether they like it or not.  Palestinians are abused everyday, kicked out of their houses and told to leave. Ask yourself how would you feel if one day a visitor comes to your house and then takes it over and kicks you out? Won’t you be mad? Don’t say “No” because I am 180% sure you will be.  I have the full right to be upset at the moment because it drives me crazy whenever I talk about this particular subject people tell me to calm down and it’s okay, well hell no! It’s not okay! what makes it okay? being kicked out of your land because a racist tribe of people decided to own the land and claim it theirs. Then decided to call Palestine “Israel”. For God’s sake those people are “normal” people in an abnormal region. They do NOT belong here! They lived in Europe, India and other places and suddenly they claim Palestine as their Jewish homeland, ridiculous!

If you’re about to call me anti-Semite then go ahead, you know why? Because I don’t give a crap. I know myself better. I am not against Jews nor any people with belief. I am against and highly against Zionism . Zionsim itself promotes anti-Semitism.

Palestinians have been ever since 1948 fighting for their right to return, I am one of those Palestinians who lives at the end of the world fights on a daily basis for my right to return. Within my self and with my friends. I fight to educated them and open their eyes because what the media says about us is absolutely not right. We are not barbarians, we are not terrorists and NO! we are not criminals. We are highly educated people, with great open minds.  

In conclusion… This day means a great deal to me. One day I hope Palestine will be free before I die and be able to visit my beloved country.