Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
64th Anniversary of Palestinian Nakba,
Catastrophe of Establishing Israel
By Mazin Qumsiyeh
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, May 15, 2012
On this 64th anniversary of the Nakba we mourn the ethnic cleansing
that began in 1948 and that continues today with silent transfer, home
demolitions, land confiscation and more. But we also celebrate an
amazing resilience and success of the Palestinian endogenous people
against incredible odds:
-We just celebrated the success of a
hunger strike by over 1600 political prisoners despite attempts to stifle
the story in Zionist dominated Western media. They succeeded in achieving
a part of their basic rights including receiving family visits and ending
-We are 11.5 million people and while most
of us are refugees and displaced people, we remain steadfast and hopeful
and connected. Thanks to persistence and now the internet and modern
communications, even the feeble attempts to isolate us from each other
failed. Thousands of Palestinians still go to their main city of
Jerusalem without Israeli permission. Thousands connect across the
Green line to the areas occupied since 1948.
-We are still the
most educated people in the Middle East with the highest per capita of
-We now have 12 universities inside the occupied
Palestinan territories. On Saturday we held the second biomedical
research symposium in Bethlehem showing scientific work rivaling that done
in countries with a strong tradition of research. This is miraculous
considering the conditions under occupation.
-We are still the
people who helped develop the Arab world and even remind it of its unity
and common destiny. But more than that, our resistance shielded
fellow Arabs from the original plans of Zionists for an empire from the
Nile to the Euphrates. We are still the main obstacle to the victory
of the racist Zionist project.
-We have an amazing history of 130
years of struggle against the most well-financed, most-organized,
most-supported (by Zionists and their Western backers) colonial project in
- We have the fastest growing boycotts, divestment
and sanctions (BDS) movement in anti-colonial struggles. In less
than 7 years we accomplished far more than what was accomplished with BDS
in any other place (including in 25 years in South Africa).
-Palestine is still the place where people of different religions lived
together in the same neighborhod unsegregated until European Zionists came
and recreated ghettos for Palestinians (Muslims and Christians) and one
large ghetto for Jews called Israel coexist in harmony. Church bells
and the call of the Muezzin to prayer still penetrate deep in our souls
despite all the Zionist attempts to silence them (e.g. the ethnic
cleansing and destruction of 530 villages and towns).
- We educate
our children that racism and notions of choseness are wrong and they grow
to believe that we can still have the new Palestine that will be like our
old Palestine: multiethnic, multireligious, multicultural and beautiful.
- Palestinians inspired activists around the world. Polls show
great sympathy for our cause among average people. Palestine is now
cause celebre among those struggling against oppression. Even Nelson
Mandela said that South Africa will not be fully free until Palestine is
free. According to polls, a majority in Western Europe correctly view
Israel and the US as the two greatest threats to world peace. Thousands of
internationals joined us in the struggle locally. Israel has become
so paranoid about any solidarity visits and in the process exposed its
apartheid racist nature.
We are grateful to be participants in
shaping a better future for all. I am 100% sure that our Nakba will
end, refugees will return, freedom and equality will happen, and Israelis
will also be liberated from being oppressors and colonizers and become
integrated into the fabric of the new and better Palestine. We can
then become a "light unto the peoples."
Died: Vidal Sassoon who volunteered
for and fought in the Israeli army during the ethnic cleansing in 1948
(the largest since WWII). His "beauty" empire participated (and continues)
in the financing of the ugly Zionist crimes against humanity.
Podcast Radio interview: Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh of Bethlehem and Birzeit
Universities, author of Popular Resistance in Palestine: a History of Hope
and Empowerment. - Around 2000 Palestinian prisoners, out of desperation,
are on hunger strike. Some are near death. Yet western media are silent.
Many prisoners have been arrested and re-arrested, under "Administrative
Detention", i.e., no charges and no trials
http://plainsfm.org.nz/podcasts/ (then click Earthwise)
we forget: Palestinian Refugees: Right to Return and Repatriation.
Chapter 4 from Sharing The Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the
Israeli-Palestinian Struggle" .
Two chapters from a new
book titled "The Case For Sanctions Against Israel"
Awwad: “Six Years of BDS: Success!”
Ilan Pappé: the boycott will work, an Israeli perspective
See this link to an al-Jazeera documentary about the theft of books
from Palestinian homes and libraries during the 1948 war. It is a
very tragic story with many of the books looted from Khalil al-Sakakini's
library and others, then kept at the Israeli national library. There is an
opening poem by Sakakini dedicated to his stolen books
Phil Monsour features Rafeef Ziadah - Ghosts of Deir Yassin
A Bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at home