Al Nakba (“The Catastrophe” in English), or what Israel refers to as the “War of Independence,” symbolizes the dispossession, displacement, and uprooting of more than 750,000 Palestinian men, women, and children by numerically superior Israeli forces – half before any Arab armies joined the actual war. These Palestinians were driven into 59 refugee camps hastily constructed to accommodate them by UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency).
By the end of this removal campaign, Israeli forces had destroyed and/or dispossessed the populations of 531 Arab villages and eleven urban areas, and had committed 33 documented massacres which killed some 13,000 largely defenseless Arabs. One of the most well known of these massacres was the Deir Yassin massacre where over 100 people, half of them women and children, had been systematically murdered by the commandos of the Irgun, headed by Menachem Begin, and the Stern Gang.
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On May 15, 1948, 65 years ago Jewish Zionist militias launched a massive attack on the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine to ethnically cleanse them from their land in order to establish Israel as their Jewish state. This lead more than 750,000 Palestinians to flee their homes and become displaces as refugees in the neighboring countries. Most of the families that fled did not even have time to pack their belonging or anything in fear of being massacred by the vicious Jewish militias who went through villages massacring its inhabitants who refused to leave, most of whom were poor villagers and unarmed farmers.
“We must do everything to insure they never return. The old will die and the young will forget” David Ben-Gurion – First Prime Minister of Israel, 1949.
We won’t forget. We won’t forgive. And one day, soon, we will return!