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The protesters marched while carrying Palestinian flags, and signs affirming their legitimate, internationally guaranteed rights of Freedom, independence and the Right of Return to all refugees


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fly b (26)
Monday May 14, 2018, 10:58 pm
Thousand of Palestinians marched, Monday, from Martyr Yasser Arafat Square in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and headed towards Qalandia terminal, north of Jerusalem.

The protesters marched while carrying Palestinian flags, and signs affirming their legitimate, internationally guaranteed rights of Freedom, independence and the Right of Return to all refugees.

The also chanted against the illegal U.S. policies supporting and financing this illegal occupation, and the transfer of the U.S. Embassy to the occupied city, in direct violation of International Law.

Ramallah Governor Laila Ghannam, said the Palestinians will continue their struggle for liberation and independence, until the establishment of their state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Photo By Ghassan Bannoura

The coordinator of the National Factions in Ramallah, Essam Abu Bakr, said “the United States strengthens, supports and implements the policies of this illegal occupation of occupied Jerusalem, but the Palestinians will remain steadfast in will never abandon their legitimate rights.”

In related news, the soldiers injured, on Monday at night, many Palestinians in the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinians are marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day when Israel was created in the historic land of Palestine in 1948.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers have killed, Monday, 58 Palestinians, including six children and four officers of the Palestinian Ministry of Interior and National Security, in the Gaza Strip, and injured 2771.

During the Nakba of 1948, prior to the establishment of Israel is the historic land of Palestine, 1.4 million Palestinians lived in 1,300 towns and villages all over historical Palestine. More than 800,000 of the population were driven out of their homeland to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, neighboring Arab countries, and other countries of the world.

Thousands of Palestinians were displaced from their homes but stayed within the Israeli-controlled 1948 territory. According to documentary evidence, the Israelis controlled 774 towns and villages and destroyed 531 Palestinian towns and villages during the Nakba. The atrocities of Zionist forces also included more than 70 massacres in which at least 15 thousand Palestinians were killed.

fly b (26)
Monday May 14, 2018, 11:29 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?

3 May 2018, the 70th year of Al Nakba

fly b (26)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 12:20 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:…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)

fly b (26)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 2:42 am
Analysts: Trump rewards Palestinian patience by handing Israel everything on a silver platter.

RAMALLAH, May 12, 2018 (WAF) – Palestinian analysts strongly criticized the US plan to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, saying that US President Donald Trump has rewarded Palestinians' years of patience by handing Israel everything it wants on a silver platter.

Diana Buttu, a Ramallah-based political analyst and former advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian negotiators, said the Palestinians, who have waited decades for the world to finally enforce the hundreds of UN resolutions condemning Israel’s systematic abuses of Palestinian rights in Jerusalem and beyond, "are now being rewarded for their patience by Trump handing Israel everything it wants on a silver platter."

She warned that the US move will encourage Israel to accelerate its attempts to erase the Palestinian presence from occupied Jerusalem by destroying their homes and stealing their land for illegal settlements.

“While Trump claims that a 'deal of the century' is on the horizon, he has sabotaged any hopes of achieving it with this move,” said Buttu. “It should come as no surprise that he has more support in an alt-right supporting Israel than he does at home: he wishes to push a war agenda that aligns with Israel’s regional plans.”

The message is clear, she said, “the Trump administration stands by Israel and its abuses of Palestinian human rights, not by Palestinians seeking their freedom.”

Yousef Munayyer, political analyst at the Arab Center of Washington, DC, and executive director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, said Trump will mark the anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the dispersal and displacement of Palestinians from their homeland 70 years ago, by opening a US embassy in Jerusalem.

“This decision is not merely a reversal in US policy as it relates to Jerusalem, but the timing can only be understood by Palestinians as a deliberate and emphatic attempt to add insult to injury, not by the Israelis, but by the Americans who seek to claim the role of mediator between the Israelis and Palestinians,” he said.

“These events demonstrate clearly that in fact (Israeli Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump are partners in crimes against the Palestinians and other people around the world.”

Nur Arafeh, Policy Fellow of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, said the inauguration of the US Embassy in Jerusalem the day before Palestinians commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, when nearly a million Palestinians were driven from their homes during Israel’s establishment, is a reminder that the embassy move is not simply an aberration.

“Rather, it is part of a continuing structure of colonialism, displacement, and injustice that is sustained by the complicity of the US and other countries. From the Balfour declaration in 1917 to the Nakba in 1948; from Israel’s 50-year-old military rule over the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights, and the illegal annexation of East Jerusalem, to Israel’s ongoing policies of dispossession, fragmentation and exploitation; from Israel’s cracking down on the 'Great March of Return' in Gaza to its ongoing efforts to destroy the Palestinian community of Umm al-Hiran in southern Israel. All this reminds us that the Nakba continues today, and will likely get worse as a result of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”


fly b (26)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 11:36 am
Events for May 15 2018

Window Rock: Nakba: Diné Solidarity with Great Return March
Across France: Protests against the Massacre in Gaza
Houston: Emergency Protest for Palestine
Cape Town: National Protest for the #GreatReturnMarch and Against Israeli Apartheid
Olympia: Commemoration of 70 Years of Nakba
Orlando: Stand in Solidarity with Palestine
Edinburgh: National Nakba Commemoration Scotland
Brussels and Throughout Belgium: Silent Circles to Remember the Nakba
Vancouver: Mark Nakba70 – End Canadian Complicity
Washington, DC: Nakba Teach-In at Schumer’s Office – Free Gaza, Free Palestine
Ankara: 70 Years of Nakba
Johannesburg: Palestine Picket at the US Consulate
Amsterdam: Remember the Nakba – Stand for the Right of Return
San Francisco: 70 Years of Palestinian Resistance and Resilience
Copenhagen: Nakba=Catastrophe
Chicago: Emergency Rally – Reject US Embassy Move & Israeli Massacres
Winnipeg: Al-Nakba 70 – Hope Lives in Remembrance
Tucson: Nakba Day Vigil
Boston: Remember and Resist – 70 Years of Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine
15 May, Odense: Commemoration of al-Nakba
Aalborg: We will never forget al-Nakba!
Washington DC: 70 Years too Long – Nakba Vigil and Storytelling
Oslo: Marking the Nakba, 70 Years of Exile
Helsinki: Protest 70 Years of Nakba
Gothenburg: Demonstration for Palestine
London: Gaza – Stop the Massacre, Emergency Protest
Buenos Aires: Stop the Genocide of the Palestinian People
Rome: Solidarity Demonstration for Palestine
Stockholm: 70 years of displacement – Rally for a Free Palestine
London: Nakba Candlelight Vigil 1948-2018
Athens: 70 Years of Nakba, the struggle continues until the liberation of Palestine
Berlin: 70 Years of Nakba – Solidarity Demonstration for Palestine
Adana: 70 Years of Nakba
Albertville: 70th Anniversary of the Nakba
Brussels: Stop the Gaza Massacre! Protest for Gaza
Dublin: Nakba Day Vigil – in Solidarity with the #GreatReturnMarch
Paris: Rally against the Massacre in Gaza
Calgary: Emergency protest for Gaza – Palestine
Sydney: Protest for Palestine – 70 Years of Nakba
Malmo: Film and Conversation – Al Nakba, 70 Years of Exile
Manchester: Solidarity with Student Prisoners! Resist political detention!
Montevideo: 70 Years of Al-Nakba, 70 Years of Resistance
Istanbul: 70 Years of Nakba
Edmonton: Emergency Rally for Gaza Palestine
Bologna: Enough with the Israeli crimes!
Sevilla: Nakba – 70 years of the occupation of Palestine
Santiago: 70 Years Resisting the Nakba – Manifestation for Palestine
Valladolid: Rally to commemorate Al-Nakba
Barcelona: 70 Years of Resistance in Palestine, 1948-2018

Events for 16 May 2018

Paris: Rally against the Massacre in Gaza
Stains: Solidarity with the Palestinian People
Lille: Stop the Massacre in Gaza!
Toulouse: All to Capitole for Gaza and Jerusalem

Events for 17 May 2018

Saint-Etienne: Rally in support of the Palestinian People

Events for 18 May 2018

NYC: Nakba Day 2018 – Rally and March for 70 Years of Resistance
May 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Times Square, Times Square
New York, NY United States

Cleveland: Nakba70 – Gaza – Jerusalem
May 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Public Square, Public Square
Cleveland, OH United States
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