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The Palestinian Nakba, Catastrophe, Will
Disappear When Israel Does
By Khalid Amayreh
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, May 18, 2015
A Palestinian refugee camp after eviction of
Palestinians from their homeland in 1948
This week marked the passage of 68 years since the
occurrence of the Palestinian Nakba, the extirpation and expulsion of the
bulk of the Palestinian people from its ancestral homeland at the hands of
Since then, Palestinian suffering has been
consistently increasing and hopes for undoing the Nakba, e.g. repatriating
Palestinian refugees back to their native country, have been dwindling.
Today, Israel, the
manifestly racist Jewish –Zionist state has been morphing nonstop into a
fascist state, hell-bent on repressing Palestinians in both Israel proper
and the occupied territories of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East
Jerusalem, for the express purpose of forcing them to leave their homeland.
In order to expedite the
Israeli strategy of ridding rid of as many Palestinians as possible, Israel
has enacted a huge body of brazenly discriminatory laws designed to make the
non-Jewish presence in mandatory Palestine as precarious and untenable as
One of these laws defines Israel as a Jewish state
or state for all Jews. This law automatically renders non-Jews, e.g. Muslims
and Christians who constitute nearly a quarter of Israel's total population,
as second-class citizens, or worse.
And to deceive the world,
the definition also incorporates the word "democratic" into the definition
However, it is amply clear that Israel cannot be
both Jewish and democratic since this constitutes a stark contradiction in
Besides, the brazen policy of ethnic cleansing,
carried out rather shamelessly in full view of the international community,
has failed to make a breakthrough toward emptying the land of Palestine of
Palestinians, who continue to be more than just a thorn in Zionism's side.
Killing the two state
In addition to consolidating racism and apartheid
in all walks of life, Israel has effectively killed all remaining chances
for the so-called two-state solution.
The phenomenal proliferation of Jewish settlements
in the occupied West Bank has simply eradicated any possibility for the
establishment of a viable and territorially contiguous Palestinian state.
Even President Obama
seems to have come to terms with this fact. He told Gulf leaders whom he met
with in Washington this week that the achievement of peace in Palestine was
"very very difficult."
Leaders of the European Union (EU) are also,
though reluctantly, coming to terms with this reality.
A western diplomat whom
this author met recently in Hebron intimated that "we do know that the
chances for establishing a true Palestinian state in the West Bank is
virtually nil, but we dread thinking of the alternatives."
In other words, Israel
has consciously and deliberately killed whatever remaining prospects for the
Needless to say, Israel, not the Palestinians,
must bear the consequences because the Palestinians are not going anywhere.
According to well
documented historical data published by a variety of sources, 1.4 million
Palestinians lived in 1,300 Palestinian towns and villages spreading over
all of historic Palestine in 1948.
Between 750,000 and 800,000 thousands of them were
forcibly displaced from their original towns and cities into the West Bank
and Gaza Strip, neighboring Arab countries, and other countries of the
world. Along with the displaced, some thousands remained in their hometowns
in the so-called ‘1948 areas’. Documentary evidence shows that the Zionist
troupes laid hand on 774 towns and villages and destroyed 531 Palestinian
towns and villages during the Nakba. The atrocities of Israeli Zionist
forces also included over 70 massacres in which 15 thousand Palestinians
According to data published last week by the
Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 6.1 million Palestinians lived in
historic Palestine (between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean) by the
end of 2014, and this number is expected to rise to 7.1 million by the end
of 2020 based on current growth rates.
This is certainly bad news for Israel and Zionism.
It means that Palestinians are either already a numerical majority or going
to be a majority in a few years. I know too well that Israel is not going to
allow the Zionist enterprise to fall down before its eyes. But Israel's
choices are limited and utterly unattractive.
Israel is really at loss
as to what to do to prevent the Palestinians from becoming a solid majority
in Israel/Palestine, and most observers would agree that time is not on
Jews committed many blunders throughout their long
history, but none is greater than building the Zionist enterprise at the
expense of an innocent Semitic people whose only guilt was his weakness.
Surely time will prove
the validity or invalidity of this view.
In the final analysis, Israel will disappear as
many other entities will. I don't claim to know the timing of this
eventuality. But I am convinced that it will happen, perhaps sooner than
many people think. And when Israel disappears, the Nakba will also
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