Today marks the 67th anniversary of the Nakba. The catastrophe that caused 750,000 Palestinians, to leave the land which they were the rightful owners of.
It marks 67 years of injustice and oppression of the Palestinian. 67 years of land theft and bloodshed that have been met by global political silence, time and time again.
It saw over 531 villages being cleared, with massacres that led to 15,000 Palestinians being killed at the hands of Zionist para military groups like Hazanika, Ergun and the Stern Gang. Systematically removing the Palestinians from their land. An ethnic cleansing that continues to this day.
One of the worst incidents occurred at Deir Yassin on April 8th 1948, where 105 people were slaughtured, more than half of them women and children. Link to earlier post on Dier Yassin http://teifidancer-teifidancer.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/dier-yassin-remembered.html
Israel to this day has tried to erase all signs of the Nakba, it is a history that it does not the world to share or see. A state that at the end of the day was built on the ruins of someone else's land. So this is why for many today is not seen as the birth of Israel, but a day of mourning and tragedy.
I will continue to side with the Palestinian who dares to dream of the day of return, when they can open the locked doors of their stolen houses, are welcomed home, recognised and encouraged by a world that acknowledges the injustice that has been inflicted upon them.
Today there are over 5 million registered Palestinian refugees, who are still waiting for justice. This fight continues as the Palestinian keep searching for a way to return home, to take back what is rightfully theirs.
So today we will see the Palestinian people renew their demands for return, to their cities, villages and lands that they were forced to leave in 1948. Many Palestinians still carry the keys to the homes they or their ancestors were displaced from all those years ago, a haunting memory of their existence.
Despite their suffering and Israels blockade of the West Bank and the Gaza strip they will not stop their demand for their right of return and for having Jerusalem as their capital.
I like increasingly many others in the international community hope and dream that their freedom is restored again, their existence is recognised, and justice is served, despite the fact that Palestinians land continues to be stripped into pieces. From the rivers to the sea, Palestine will be free. Despite all the Palestinians will remain rooted to their land.
Listen here to Remi Kanazi's powerful poem - Nakba