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Palestinians on US Embassy Opening in Jerusalem & 70 Years of the Ongoing Nakba


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fly bird (26)
Monday May 14, 2018, 9:42 pm
Palestinians on US Embassy Opening in Jerusalem & 70 Years of the Ongoing Nakba
May 14, 2018 Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC)

Reversing decades of US foreign policy, the Trump administration is moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem today. The move coincides with Israel’s celebration of its establishment on the ruins of the towns and villages from which the majority of Palestinians were expelled 70 years ago.

The United Nations and international community do not recognize Israeli sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem and consider East Jerusalem as an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territory.

Tomorrow, Palestinians commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or “Catastrophe”, marking the systematic mass expulsion of indigenous Palestinians from their homes to establish a Jewish-majority state. In Gaza, where most Palestinians are refugees, thousands will participate in Great Return March demonstrations, calling for the right of refugees to return to the lands from which they were forcibly expelled. These demonstrations are expected to be the largest since they began over seven weeks ago.

Between 1947 and 1949, Zionist paramilitaries, and then the Israeli military, made 750,000 to one million indigenous Palestinians into refugees, massacred Palestinian civilians, and destroyed hundreds of Palestinian communities. Israel used force to prevent Palestinian families from returning to their homes, and continues to deny Palestinian refugees their UN-sanctioned right of return.

A key Palestinian demand, prominently expressed by demonstrators in Gaza and recently echoed by Amnesty International, is for a comprehensive military embargo on Israel, similar to the one that was imposed on apartheid South Africa to end its egregious violations of human rights.

Abdulrahman Abunahel, a Gaza-based community organizer and coordinator for the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), which leads and supports the global BDS movement for Palestinian rights, said,

For us Palestinians, the Nakba is not just a crime of the past. It’s ongoing, it has never ended. My grandparents were violently expelled from their village in 1948 and forced to live as refugees in the Gaza Strip. Their beautiful village, called Barbara, is only 10 miles away. I can almost see it, but I have no way to reach it.

The ongoing Nakba is why I’ve grown up as a refugee living under Israeli military rule. It’s why I live in what many of us call a suffocating, open-air prison crammed with two million people, denied my basic rights, including freedom of movement. Israel will not even allow me to leave Gaza temporarily to receive important medical care. My hardships are not exceptional, tens of Palestinians died last year, just waiting for Israel to grant them permits to seek life-saving medical care outside Gaza, and thousands couldn’t make their medical appointments.

The ongoing Nakba is why I participate in the Great Return March and support the BDS movement – I simply want the right to live in the land where I am from, in freedom, in peace and with dignity. I was born a refugee, I do not want to die as one.

Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights, said,

The Trump administration’s decision to open the US embassy in Jerusalem as Palestinians commemorate 70 painful years of displacement signals that it’s giving Israel freer reign than ever to try to push us out of our homeland. The Trump-Netanyahu far-right alliance is wreaking havoc in Palestine and, by extension, the world.

In Jerusalem, Israel has long destroyed Palestinian homes, revoked the right of the indigenous Palestinians to live in their city, and encouraged illegal Israeli settlers to evict Palestinian families and openly steal their homes. The Trump administration is now not just an enabler, but also a full partner in Israel’s accelerating ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in Jerusalem and beyond.

Still, I have hope in popular, creative Palestinian resistance, now invigorated by the Great Return March. I have hope because growing numbers of people around the world are seeing the connection between our struggle for freedom, justice and equality, and their own justice struggles. This is why they are increasingly supporting the Palestinian-led BDS movement.

This growing international alliance of progressive communities working to defeat the hateful agenda of the far-right is what gives me hope that we can, and shall, eventually end the ongoing Nakba, end the ongoing destruction of Palestinian life, and create a better world for all.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.

http://imemc.org/article/palestinians-on-us-embassy-opening-in-jerusalem-70-years-of-the-ongoing-nakba/
 

fly bird (26)
Monday May 14, 2018, 9:47 pm
Palestinians protest ongoing Nakba, meet bloody Israeli backlash.

May 15, 2018

Israeli soldiers killed at least 58 Palestinians and injured thousands.

Israeli soldiers killed at least 58 Palestinians, injured thousands and arrested dozens during mass protests across Palestine on May 14, 2018. Protesters decried the relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem and demanded justice for seventy years of Israeli dispossession and repression in Palestine.

Day 46 of the Great March of Return in Gaza

Israeli soldiers shot and killed 58 Palestinian protesters in the bloodiest day since the Great March of Return movement began on March 30, 2018. Six children and one health worker were among those killed, the Palestinian Health Ministry reports.

The UN Security Council announced it will hold an emergency session on Tuesday due to the Israeli massacre in Gaza today. Snipers shot fragmenting bullets at demonstrators, causing exit wounds to be the “size of a fist,” Gazan journalist Sharif Abdel Koudous told Democracy Now. Israeli soldiers dropped tear gas from drones and fired rubber coated steel bullets into crowds.

Nearly 3,000 protesters were injured on Monday, with approximately 130 in critical condition. Since March 30, 97 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers in demonstrations, including 12 children. In total over 12,271 Palestinians have sustained injuries. The United Nations says that essential medical supplies, drugs and equipment have been exhausted in the Gaza Strip.

Most of the Palestinians in Gaza are refugees from cities and towns across territory occupied and annexed by Israel in 1948.

Protests spread throughout Palestine

In Jerusalem, three activists were arrested near the site of the new US Embassy that was inaugurated by American and Israeli officials today. The arrests came after Israeli police assaulted hundreds of Palestinian and Israeli protesters who gathered to denounce the Embassy’s new location and the Israeli massacre in Gaza.

Palestinian Members of Knesset (MKs) took part in the demonstration and were also assaulted by police. MK Ahmad Tibi stressed at the demonstration: “We are here to demonstrate peacefully, we have no guns, no bullets, we are not attacking anyone.”

According to Middle East Eye, Israelis who came to the site in support of the US Embassy opening cheered when the police attacked the protesters and chanted, “burn them,” “shoot them,” “kill them.”

At Qalandia checkpoint, the military checkpoint that disjoints Ramallah from Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers fired massive amounts of tear gas and rubber bullets at Palestinian demonstrators. There, 35 Palestinians were injured.

Israeli forces also attacked Palestinian protesters in Issawiya. They raided Silwan after Molotov cocktails were thrown at a police vehicle. In Abu Dis, two Palestinians were injured during protests. At Damascus Gate outside of the Old City, police aggressively stopped and frisked Palestinians and did not allow them to congregate on its steps. At night in the city center of west Jerusalem, two dozen activists with the Israeli group Free Jerusalem protested outside of the US Consulate and Netanyahu’s house in downtown Jerusalem. Dozens were arrested across the Jerusalem district today.

Shuafat also suffered from a settler attack on Monday. The attacker slashed the tires of 28 Palestinian-owned vehicles and vandalized Palestinian-owned buildings with racist graffiti in Hebrew.

Hundreds of Palestinians protested in many other areas of the West Bank, including Hebron, Nablus, Qalqiliya, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jericho. In Jericho, two protesters were shot and injured in Aqbat Jaber refugee camp. In Hebron, Israeli soldiers shot tear gas into crowded residential areas and many suffered from tear gas inhalation.

In Haifa, dozens took to the streets with Palestinian flags and chanted in Arabic against the Embassy move. In Tel Aviv, about 20 activists protested for Gaza in Rabin Square.

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas announced a three-day general strike in mourning of the Palestinians killed on Monday. Palestinian MKs also announced a general strike in territories occupied in 1948 tomorrow as well as a mass day of action on Friday.

The UN reports that on Monday the first Israeli soldier was wounded since the Great March of Return started in March. Israeli authorities capped off the day of violence with a firework show over Jerusalem’s Old City and projections of American and Israeli flags onto its walls. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the day both “historic” and “a good day for peace” at the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

Protests will continue on Nakba Day throughout Palestine tomorrow. Nakba Day commemorates when Zionist militias expelled over 750,000 Palestinians during the creation of the Israeli state in 1948. Like today, protests are expected to be concentrated in Gaza tomorrow, where the day also marks the culmination of the Great March of Return campaign.

http://aicnews.org/index.php/2018/05/15/palestinians-protest-ongoing-nakba-meet-bloody-israeli-backlash/
 

fly bird (26)
Monday May 14, 2018, 9:48 pm
Israel repurposes Nakba myths to justify massacre in Gaza.
May 14, 2018

On Monday and Tuesday, Palestinians commemorate the anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, their mass expulsion and dispossession 70 years ago as the new state of Israel was built on the ruins of their homeland. As a result, most Palestinians were turned into refugees, denied by Israel the right to return to their homes.

Tens of thousands turned out on Monday in the occupied territories to protest against seven decades of Israel’s refusal to make amends or end its oppressive rule.

The move on Monday of the US embassy to Jerusalem, a city under belligerent occupation, has only inflamed Palestinian grievances – and a sense that the West is still conspiring in their dispossession.

The focus of the protests is Gaza, where unarmed Palestinians have been massing every Friday since late March at the perimeter fence that encages two million of them. For their troubles, they have faced a hail of live ammunition, rubber bullets and clouds of tear gas. Dozens had been killed and many hundreds more maimed, including children.

Early reports on Monday suggested that Gaza’s demonstrators were being massacred by the Israeli army. Amnesty International called the events a “horror show”.

But for more than a month, Israel has been working to manage western perceptions of the protests – and its response – in ways designed to discredit the outpouring of anger from Palestinians. In a message all too readily accepted by some western audiences, Israel has presented the protests as a “security threat”.

Israeli officials have even argued before the country’s high court that the protesters lack any rights – that army snipers are entitled to shoot them, even if facing no danger – because Israel is supposedly in a “state of war” with Gaza, defending itself.

On Sunday night the Israeli air force dropped leaflets across Gaza warning Palestinians not to go near fence. “The Israel Defense Forces is determined to defend Israel’s citizens and sovereignty against Hamas’ attempts at terrorism under cover of violent riots,” the leaflets said. “Don’t get near the fence and don’t take part in Hamas’ show, which endangers you.”

Many Americans and Europeans, worried about an influx of “economic migrants” flooding into their own countries, readily sympathise with Israel’s concerns – and its actions.

Until now, the vast majority of Gaza’s protesters have been peaceful and made no attempt to break through the fence.

But Israel claims that Hamas has exploited this week’s protests in Gaza to encourage Palestinians to storm the fence. The implication is that the protesters have been trying to cross a “border” and “enter” Israel illegally.

The truth is rather different. There is no border because there is no Palestinian state. Israel has made sure of that. Palestinians live under occupation, with Israel controlling every aspect of their lives. In Gaza, even the air and sea are Israel’s domain.

Meanwhile, the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their former lands – now in Israel – is recognised in United Nations Resolutions.

Nonetheless, Israel has been crafting a dishonest counter-narrative ever since the Nakba, myths that historians scouring the archives have slowly exploded.

One claim – that Arab leaders told the 750,000 Palestinian refugees to flee in 1948 – was in fact invented by Israel’s founding father, David Ben Gurion. He hoped it would deflect US pressure on Israel to honour its obligations to allow the refugees back.

Even had the refugees chosen to leave during the heat of battle, rather than wait to be expelled, it would not have justified denying them a right to return when the fighting finished. It was that refusal that transformed flight into ethnic cleansing.

In another myth unsupported by the records, Ben Gurion is said to have appealed to the refugees to come back.

In truth, Israel defined Palestinians who tried to return to their lands as “infiltrators”. That entitled Israeli security officials to shoot them on sight – in what was effectively execution as a deterrence policy.

Nothing much has changed seven decades on. A majority of Gaza’s population today are descended from refugees driven into the enclave in 1948. They have been penned up like cattle ever since. That is why the Palestinians’ current protests take place under the banner of the March of Return.

For decades, Israel has not only denied Palestinians the prospect of a minimal state. It has carved the Palestinian territories into a series of ghettos – and in the case of Gaza, blockaded it for 12 years, choking it into a humanitarian catastrophe.

Despite this, Israel wants the world to view Gaza as an embryonic Palestinian state, supposedly liberated from occupation in 2005 when it pulled out several thousand Jewish settlers.

Again, this narrative has been crafted only to deceive. Hamas has never been allowed to rule Gaza, any more than Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority governs the West Bank.

But echoing the events of the Nakba, Israel has cast the protesters as “infiltrators”, a narrative that has left most observers strangely indifferent to the fate of Palestinian youth demonstrating for their freedom.

Once again, the executions of recent weeks, supposedly carried out by the Israeli army in self-defence, are intended to dissuade Palestinians from demanding their rights.

Israel is not defending its borders but the walls of cages it has built to safeguard the continuing theft of Palestinian land and preserve Jewish privilege.

In the West Bank, the prison contracts by the day as Jewish settlers and the Israeli army steal more land. In Gaza’s case, the prison cannot be shrunk any smaller.

For many years, world heads of state have castigated Palestinians for using violence and lambasted Hamas for firing rockets out of Gaza.

But now that young Palestinians prefer to take up mass civil disobedience, their plight is barely attracting attention, let alone sympathy. Instead, they are criticised for “breaching the border” and threatening Israel’s security.

The only legitimate struggle for Palestinians, it seems, is keeping quiet, allowing their lands to be plundered and their children to be starved.

Western leaders and the public betrayed the Palestinians in 1948. There is no sign, 70 years on, that the West is about to change its ways.

A version of this article first appeared in the National, Abu Dhabi.

http://mondoweiss.net/2018/05/repurposes-justify-massacre/

https://www.jonathan-cook.net/
 

fly bird (26)
Monday May 14, 2018, 9:51 pm
‘America crossed every red line’: Palestinians in Jerusalem protest new US embassy.

May 14, 2018

JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of Jerusalem in protest as American and Israeli officials celebrated the inauguration of the US Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba.

As US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner celebrated the inauguration with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and major Trump donor Sheldon Adelson, Palestinian protesters outside were met by armed Israeli police forces who heavily suppressed demonstrations and arrested several protesters.

Though the several speeches given during the ceremony made no mention of Jerusalem’s 350,000 Palestinian residents, protesters rose their voices in opposition to the move, which broke with decades of US foreign policy in the region.

‘America crossed every red line’

Protesters gathered in the West Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona, about 200 meters away from where the ceremony was taking place, due to a series of road closures by Israeli police.

Mohammed Abu al-Hummus, a local activist and Jerusalem resident, said America “crossed every red line” with embassy move (Photo: Saleh Zghari)

“The fact that they closed off the streets to block protesters, and sent hundreds of police forces to attack us and arrest us, just shows that they know what they are doing is illegal,” Mohammed Abu al-Hummus, a local activist, told Mondoweiss.

“They tried to keep us far away, so that we could not interrupt their ceremony, and so they could celebrate in peace,” he said.

Abu al-Hummus told Mondoweiss that the transfer of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “crossed every red line,” and criticized the presence of Dallas-based Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress — who has previously called Islam “a heresy from the pit of hell” — at the ceremony.

“Trump made this move to appease his Zionist Christian base and make them happy, without care for the consequences it will have on Palestinian lives,” Abu al-Hummus said.

“In America, they have the statue of liberty and pride themselves on freedom, but then they come to Palestine and support the racism of the Israeli occupation,” he said. “This move shows us that they do not understand the true meaning of democracy.”

Mamoun Razeq, a resident of Jerusalem, called the transfer of the embassy “an attack on the Palestinian people.” (Photo: Saleh Zghari)

Mamoun Razeq, a resident of Jerusalem who participated in the protests, expressed similar sentiments.

“The American government is not, and will never be part of peace,” Razeq told Mondoweiss amid the crowd of protesters.

“The transfer of the embassy is a dangerous attack on the Palestinian people, and has created tensions that no one can predict the outcome of.”

“This is a provocation against the Palestinian people, and this is why I am here today,” he said. “I have a right over this land as a Jerusalemite, and I must defend it, even if just with my voice.”

Palestinian writer and Jerusalemite Bodour Hassan told Mondoweiss that the embassy move only solidified the distrust Palestinians have long had in the American government.

“We do not accept the American embassy to be anywhere in Palestine. The transfer of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was done to provoke Palestinians,” she said.

“This just shows us the real face of the US. We saw this face before, but to transfer the embassy solidified what we already knew about the US.”

No faith in the international community

Shirin al-Issawi, a lawyer and former prisoner, was among the protesters outside the US embassy opening in Jerusalem (Photo: Saleh Zghari)

Among the hundreds of protesters in Jerusalem was former prisoner and famed lawyer Shirin al-Issawi.

“I came here as a Palestinian woman and Jerusalemite, to raise my voice against the American support of the Israeli occupation and its attacks and crimes against the Palestinian people,” Issawi told Mondoweiss.

“I am here today, because as a Palestinian, it is my duty. If we did not come here as Palestinians and Jerusalemites to defend our land, who else will support us?,” she asked.

“We have always stood alone against the Israeli occupation’s policies, without any help from the international community, and we will continue to protest this transfer of the embassy, and to make sure our rights are upheld here in Palestine and in Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine.”

Al-Issawi criticized the celebration of the embassy opening by Israeli officials and citizens, saying “their celebration today shows how brutal and monstrous they are, and the racism that they practice in this land.”

Despite the Israeli suppression of protests and disregard for Palestinian opposition to the move, al-Issawi said that she, thousands others like her, will continue to protest.

“We will keep resisting until we free all of Palestine, not just Jerusalem and the West Bank, but all of Palestine,” she said.

http://mondoweiss.net/2018/05/america-palestinians-jerusalem/
 

fly bird (26)
Monday May 14, 2018, 11:28 pm
An open letter from a Palestinian refugee to an ex-Irgun terrorist on the 70th year of the Nakba.

Salman Abu Sitta on May 14, 2018

This open letter from Salman Abu Sitta to Uri Avnery is the latest in an exchange that began in 2014. Mondoweiss published their earlier correspondence here.

Uri Avnery is a co-founder of the Israeli “peace bloc” Gush Shalom, a former Knesset member and a journalist. In his youth, he was a member of the paramilitary group the Irgun.

Salman Abu Sitta is a Palestinian who became a refugee at age 10 during the Nakba, the expulsion of Palestinians during the 1947-49 war.

This year Palestinians around the world commemorate 70 years of un-ending Nakba. They have neither forgotten nor forgiven.

I visit Palestinian communities in various cities in Europe and America frequently. These thoughts occurred to me which I would like to share with you, not because we have the same thoughts but because we are on opposites sides. May be a due lesson is learnt.

In 1948, young Helmut- later Uri (19 years of age) carried a machine gun and, with his motley battalion, deprived the inhabitants of Al Qubab -Ramleh District and Huleiqat – Gaza District, among many others, from their homes, with many killed in the process. Helmut and cohorts committed them to a life of exile as refugees. Young Helmut must have seen a sea of bewildered humanity, seeking a shelter from this unknown evil which descended upon them from nowhere. He must have seen them hurrying in fear to the next village not yet attacked. When the next village was attacked, both ‘guest’ and ‘host’ sought safety at another village, which was then attacked. And so on. All of them, 247 villages in southern Palestine, were totally ethnically cleansed. They ended up in 8 refugee camps in Gaza. To this day, 70 years later.


(L) Salman Abu Sitta and (R) Uri Avnery.

In 1948, young Salman (10 years of age) heard from his elders about this unknown plague. He remembered in his memoir “Mapping my Return,”


Who were these people? They were not our neighbors and
certainly not our friends. People said they were a motley assortment
of Jews imported from across the sea. They called them “vagabonds of
the world.” What did they look like? Those who had seen them close
up said they wore a variety of odd uniforms, quite unlike those in the
British army. They did not all look the same: some were blond, some
swarthy, some dark, and some looked Inglizi. They spoke a babble
of languages—English, French, Russian, Hungarian, Romanian, and
Spanish, to name but a few. Sometimes they used what was thought
of as a secret language, like a code or cipher; it was ibrani or Hebrew.
Those who came from the north said these people were not awlad
Arab, or Arab Jews, who spoke Arabic like us. They were ruthless,
unruly, and vicious, and they hated the Arabs. They did not know the
country, but they always carried with them detailed maps, no doubt
obtained from the British.

Salman’s village was attacked out of nowhere on 14 May 1948. On that night, he was awaken from his sleep,


“Oh my sons, the Jews are coming to take you. The Jews are
coming,” cried Abdullah’s mother. An old woman and a light sleeper,
she was overwhelmed by the sight of a long line of lights probing
the darkness. There, on the near horizon, we saw the headlights of
twenty-four armored vehicles approaching us. A monster with forty eight
eyes faced us, with the ominous roar of its engines.

Next day, there was carnage, death and destruction in his village. Salman became a refugee.

In all these 70 years, Uri, have you thought of those innocent peaceful people who became refugees, the people you thought they were human dust to be dispensed with?

Did you ask: What happened to them and their children, now scattered in the world?

Are they the same simple farmers who were living, born and dying on their land for centuries?

Do these people, you think, now know better those mysterious invaders whom they called “vagabond of the world”?

Fate carried them to the same places from which those “vagabonds,” came, in various cities in the western world.

What did this reverse journey of Palestinians and Jews make of them? We know it made “Israelis” of Jews. What about Palestinians? Did they remain Palestinians, those sons and daughters of simple fellahin?

In my travels, I saw them everywhere. It was a beautiful site. They proved that ” There’s on this [their] land that is worth living for,” in Mahmoud Darwish words.

In a neighborhood of Copenhagen resides a community of Palestinian refugees, their little Palestine. One refugee from Lubiya is a professor at Copenhagen University. He documented Lubiya in his dissertation, in film and numerous seminars.

A young woman born in a refugee camp in Gaza became a member of Parliament in Sweden.

A young man in Malmo became a researcher in the ancient history of Palestine exposing the myths of the Biblical stories.

A young woman in Freiburg is a lawyer in international affairs who can speak Arabic, English, German and Spanish.

The well known British Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), UK with 200,000 members, has Palestinian members on its staff.

In Rome I met a mature man, a refugee from Lydda, a survivor of Dahmash mosque massacre. He became a professor of Arabic at the University of Rome and translated works of revolutionary Palestinians like Ghassan Kanafani books into Italian.

A young woman in Philadelphia became a refugee twice in 1948 and 1967. She became a well known novelist. Her books about Palestine were translated into 16 languages.

In New York, I met a young woman, still speaking Arabic with typical fellahin accent. She is active in human rights at New York courts.

You may have read about the Palestinian woman who created the computer language which enabled Stephen Hawkins to speak. Or the young Palestinian woman, a refugee from Yibna, born and raised in Shatti refugee camp in Gaza, who became a team leader at NASA.

In Australia, a Palestinian woman from a village north of Gaza is a well known playwright and writer.

In central Japan I met Palestinians from refugee camps in Jenin, Ein el Helwa and Rafah, teaching Middle Eastern studies including Arabic to Japanese students.

I could count many many more.

You will notice that my examples emphasize the rise of the role of women. Probably in old Palestine they would be carrying water earthenware from the spring and raising children in their tranquil life. On a fateful night in 1948, their mothers carried their babies into safety in the middle of night under the rain of bullets from your hypothetical machine gun.

Al Nakba exploded among Palestinians the desire for, even obsession with, education. They quickly realized, having lost their country, that education, and indeed brain power, is the possession that the Israelis cannot rob them of. The rate of high school students among Palestinians is comparable to Jewish Israelis. By contrast, the figure among Palestinians in Israel is a fraction of that.

Can we say then that the Nakba is a blessing in disguise? (See my 2005 article):

It certainly is not a blessing.

Al Nakba, the most devastating event in Palestine’s 5000 year history, created the will and determination to survive by any means. With that, the Palestinians created a presence and impact in many cities of the western world. They also multiplied ten times.

Is this the “population-exchange” which Ben-Gurion dreamed of?

Far from it.

Palestinians became ambassadors to expose, at least by their presence and performance, the lies and misinformation which the Zionists have been propagating in the west for many decades.

No wonder BDS blossoms and the Palestinian Friendship societies mushroom. Many Jews in the west with good conscience who felt deceived by Zionist hasbara are turning to support Palestinian rights.

All this no doubt will lead eventually to the real Great Return March, now only along the barbed wire of the Armistice Line, and in many squares and plazas of the world cities.

Did Ben-Gurion think of that when he ordered the expulsion of 220 villages in the winter of 1948, before his state was declared on May 14, before the British left and before any Arab regular soldier entered Palestine to save Palestinians from the fate of Deir Yassin?

Did you think of that when you mowed Palestinians with your machine gun in 1948?

Did you ever think that the “human dust” you threw away will turn into a seed which grew to a huge tree with branches extending to many cities in the world?

Ben-Gurion is dead.

You still have the chance to do something about it.

Will you?

Salman
3 May 2018, the 70th year of Al Nakba

http://mondoweiss.net/2018/05/palestinian-refugee-terrorist/
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 12:23 am
“Horrific, unprecedented”: Israel massacres almost 60 Palestinians in Gaza. (PODCAST)
14 May 2018

A report from the Great March of Return, after Israeli forces kill dozens of Palestinians in Gaza; excerpts of talks by Ghada Karmi, Joseph Massad, Ilan Pappe and Salman Abu Sitta.

Read more here: electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-ba…stinians-gaza

(Photo: Palestinian protesters demand their rights during the Great March of Return, Rafah, Gaza Strip, 14 May. Photo by Mahmoud Bassam/APA Images)

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Tuesday May 15, 2018, 2:30 am
As US Opens New Embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli Soldiers Open Fire on Gaza Protests, Killing Dozens. Video
Monday, May 14, 2018

A picture taken on May 14, 2018, from the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border with the Gaza Strip shows tear gas canisters launched by Israeli forces falling down on Palestinian protesters gathering along the border fence with Israel. Dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on May 14 as tens of thousands protested the US transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem. (Photo: Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images)

Israeli forces have killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds in Palestinian protests against the new US embassy, which was officially moved to Jerusalem Monday.

The death toll was climbing rapidly Monday morning, with news outlets including Haaretz and CNN stating that at least 41 have been killed, and Reuters reporting that about 900 Palestinians had been injured including 450 by live bullets.

A local journalist posted a video on Twitter showing Israeli troops firing indiscriminately at unarmed protesters.

B'Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, condemned Israel for its violent response to the protests, which follow weeks of demonstrations at the Israel-Gaza border.

"The demonstrations held in Gaza today came as no surprise. Israel had plenty of time to come up with alternate approaches for dealing with the protests, apart from firing live ammunition," B'Tselem said in a statement. "The fact that live gunfire is once again the sole measure that the Israeli military is using in the field evinces appalling indifference towards human life on the part of senior Israeli government and military officials."

The opening ceremony of the US embassy -- which President Donald Trump decided to move to Jerusalem months ago over the objections of Palestinians, the United Nations, numerous international leaders, and 63 percent of the American public -- comes one day before Palestinians mark the 70th anniversary of Nakba, in memory of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were expelled from their land by Israel. Palestinians have held protests at the border of Gaza and Israel since late March, with Israeli troops killing dozens of people and wounding hundreds.

Human rights groups and a number of European leaders repeated their strong opposition to the moving of the US embassy, which Palestinians view as recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.

"The Trump administration may portray this action as simply hauling desks from one building to another. But in reality this move intentionally undermines Palestinian rights and in effect condones decades of violations by Israel, including the creation of illegal settlements, which constitute war crimes," said Raed Jarrar, Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International USA.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said that the move "is inflaming already a very tense situation, and the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians," while Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said, "We don't consider it a wise decision to move the embassy."

But the European Union was kept from officially condemning Trump's decision on Monday, as the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania blocked a statement censuring of the new US embassy.

B'Tselem called for "an immediate halt to the killing of Palestinian demonstrators," and said, "If the relevant officials do not issue an order to stop the lethal fire, the soldiers in the field must refuse to comply with these manifestly unlawful open-fire orders."

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/44470-as-us-opens-new-embassy-in-jerusalem-israeli-snipers-open-fire-on-gaza-protests-killing-dozens
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 2:58 am
Ben Gurion ’48 letter barred return to Haifa.
27 May 2015

Over many decades, Israel’s self-serving deceptions about the Nakba in 1948 have been exposed for the lies Palestinians already knew them to be.

It was long accepted in the west that, as Israel claimed, Palestinians left their homes because they had been ordered to do so by neighbouring Arab leaders. The lie usefully distracted diplomats and scholars from the much more pertinent question of why Israel had refused to allow 750,000 Palestinian refugees to return to their homes after the war finished, as international law demanded.

The myth about the Arab leaders’ order, which had been steadily undermined by the work of the “new historians” of the late 1980s, was decisively punctured two years ago by an Israeli scholar who was given the wrong file by Israeli army archivists. It showed the story of the Arab leaders’ order was concocted by Israeli officials.

The same files should also have ended an equally diverting and lengthy debate about how many Palestinian villages Israel ethnically cleansed in 1948. Most Palestinian scholars were agreed it was well over 500; Israeli experts variously claimed it was between 300 and 400. Not that hundreds of ethnically cleansed villages was not bad enough, but Israel was happy to engage in a debate designed to make Palestinians look like inveterate exaggerators. Again, Israel’s archives confirmed the Palestinian account, with 530 villages razed.

Now another, related deception has been exposed. For decades Israel’s supporters have been arguing that Haifa, one of Palestine’s most important cities, was not ethnically cleansed of its population. The tens of thousands of Palestinians who fled under Israeli attack in April 1948 were later urged to return, according to Israel’s supporters, but they chose not to. Further proof, it seemed, that the Palestinians had only themselves to blame for losing their homeland. They chose to stay away.

Strangely, none of Israel’s propagandists ever seriously tried to suggest that the other 700,00 or so Palestinian refugees had been invited back home. It seemed as if the welcome supposedly extended in Haifa was reason enough for all Palestinians in exile to put aside their fears of Israel’s shoot-to-kill policy at its new borders and make the journey home.

But now a letter signed by David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister and the engineer of its ethnic cleansing policy in 1948, shows that, far from Haifa’s doors being thrown open, Ben Gurion ordered that the refugees be barred from returning.

Written on 2 June 1948, the letter was sent to Abba Khoushy, soon to become Haifa’s mayor. It states: “I hear that Mr. Marriot [Cyril Marriot, the British consul in Haifa] is working to return the Arabs to Haifa. I don’t know how it is his business, but until the war is over we don’t want a return of the enemy. And all institutions should act accordingly.”

Of course, that policy was not reversed after the war, as Ben Gurion hinted it might be. And one can wonder how much more specific his orders were to his army commanders if this was what he was telling civilian administrators.

The myth about Haifa was encouraged by Golda Meir, who wrote in her autobiography that Ben Gurion told her: “I want you to immediately go to Haifa and see to it that the Arabs who remain in Haifa are treated appropriately. I also want you to try and persuade the Arabs who are already on the beach to return home. You have to get it into their heads that they have nothing to fear.”

Meir added: “I went immediately. I sat on the beach there and begged them to return home… I pleaded with them until I was exhausted but it didn’t work.”

Heartbreaking – if only it were true.

How much longer must we wait to explode all the other myths associated with the Nakba, and much of Israel’s history ever since?

www.haaretz.com/news/features/.premium-1.658179

https://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2015-05-27/ben-gurion-48-letter-barred-return-to-haifa/
 

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Wednesday May 16, 2018, 11:10 am
UK: Jews deliver message of condemnation to Israel

In a message to world leaders, international organization of Orthodox Jews against Zionism reiterates support for Palestine.

16.05.2018

LONDON

The anti-Zionist Neturei Karta organization has delivered a message of support and solidarity to Palestine as well as one of criticism and condemnation to Israel over its treatment of Palestinian civilians.

In a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday evening, Elahanan Beck, the chief rabbi of Neturei Karta, said “we have to realize and understand -- helping the state of Israel is not in the favor of Jewish people”.

“The Zionists say they want to make a safe haven for Jewish people, they want to help Jews… but this is untrue. The most dangerous place today for Jewish people -- not to speak for Palestinians, but even for Jews -- is in the state of Israel,” Beck said.

Praising Erdogan for withdrawing Turkey’s ambassador to Israel after the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Beck said: “If you want to help the Jewish people, follow the example of what the Turkish president did: withdraw your ambassador from there and come out in the clear”.

Tensions have risen in the region after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December and ordered the opening of a new U.S. embassy in the disputed and occupied city, a decision that has earned him global criticism and has broken many agreements regarding Jerusalem’s status.

At least 62 Palestinian demonstrators on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel who were protesting the embassy’s inauguration were killed Monday by the Israeli Defense Forces.

The killings have sparked a global outcry, with many world leaders condemning Israel, which claimed it was in self-defense.

“We are against the state of Israel. We are against occupiers, and we have to bring peace to the region,” Beck added.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/uk-jews-deliver-message-of-condemnation-to-israel/1147384
 
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