Resurrecting the Nabka – Again
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Israel’s genocidal Nakba against defenseless Palestinian civilians was one of history great crimes.
It’s been resurrected time and again by Israeli regimes in varying levels of intensity.
The latest version since mid-April is ongoing in Occupied East Jerusalem, against besieged Gazans, and sporadically throughout the Territories — extremist settlers involved.
According to Yesh Din volunteers for human rights, “(i)ncidents of violence by Israeli civilians against Palestinians and their property are a daily occurrence throughout the West Bank” and East Jerusalem.
The practice is widespread, encouraged and supported by Israeli ruling authorities.
Ideologically driven, “violence, damage to property, takeover of Palestinian land, and other offenses” occur regularly — nearly always with impunity.
Investigations when conducted whitewash crimes.
Since the Netanyahu regime escalated state terror against Palestinians in Occupied East Jerusalem last month, settler violence against Palestinians increased.
According to the UN Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), rising levels of settler violence rose “markedly” this year.
Calls by OCHA for Israeli authorities “to investigate and prosecute these violent acts with vigor and resolve” are consistently ignored.
UN experts explained that settlers and Israeli security forces “target pregnant women, young children and older persons.”
“The boundaries of attacks on all categories of Palestinians (were) erased.”
“We are deeply worried by the atmosphere of impunity in which these attacks are taking place.”
“In many cases, the Israeli military has been present, or nearby,” but failed to intervene responsibly.
Calling settler violence “state-backed,” B’Tselem added:
“The longterm outcome of settler violence is the dispossession of Palestinians from more and more areas in the West Bank (and East Jerusalem), facilitating Israel’s seizure of land and resources.”
It also aims to terrorize Palestinians into leaving their historic homeland.
State terror occurs daily, notably by ongoing Israeli security forces attacks on Palestinian civilians in East Jerusalem and terror-bombing by IDF warplanes on besieged Gazans.
Israel’s live-fire policy against unarmed Palestinians is one of many examples of its ruthlessness.
Israel wants the historical Nakba record erased. Palestinians won’t let it die.
A Palestinian survivor of Israel’s 1948 Nakba said the following:
“I cannot forget three horror-filled days in July of 1948.”
“The pain sears my memory, and I cannot rid myself of it no matter how hard I try.”
“First, Israeli soldiers forced thousands of Palestinians from their homes near the Mediterranean coast, even though some families had lived in the same houses for centuries.”
“My family had been in the town of Lydda in Palestine at least 1,600 years.”
“Then, without water, we stumbled into the hills and continued for three deadly days.”
“The Jewish soldiers followed, occasionally shooting over our heads to scare us and keep us moving.”
“Terror filled my eleven-year-old mind as I wondered what would happen.”
“I remembered overhearing my father and his friends express alarm about recent massacres by Jewish terrorists. Would they kill us, too?”
“We did not know what to do, except to follow orders and stumble blindly up the rocky hills. I walked hand in hand with my grandfather, who carried our only remaining possessions-a small tin of sugar and some milk for my aunt’s two-year-old son, sick with typhoid.”
Survivors remember the horror of Deir Yassin.
On April 9, 1948, soldiers representing the soon to be declared Israeli state entered the village violently.
They machine-gunned houses randomly. Many inside were slaughtered.
Remaining villagers were assembled and murdered in cold blood.
Among them were children, infants, the elderly and women, some raped before slaughtered. Estimates placed the death toll at up to 120.
Blood-stained Israeli history is pockmarked with similar violence, what’s going on now the latest example in escalated form.
According to Physicians for Human Rights Israel, we’re “witness(ing) severe damage to the lives, bodies and souls, property, and rights of Palestinians living under Israeli control.”
“For decades, Palestinians have lived under Israeli control in its various forms – including aspects of apartheid and colonialism – in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel.”
“This reality, in which both Israeli and Palestinian societies are part of an oppressive segregation regime with incitement coming from the highest ranks, has led a boiling point and to a loss of faith in the possibility of a truly equal and safe shared future.”
“We are in constant contact with our partners in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, in southern Israel, and in Israeli and Palestinian civil society.”
“We spoke up to the Israeli authorities following the attack on Al-Aqsa, and we will work to ensure that the health system in Gaza, which suffers from a severe lack of resources, can cope with the attacks.”
“We will try to meet the rising needs in the south and in Israel in general, and we will continue our humanitarian activities in the Mobile Clinic and in the Open Clinic.”
“Ending the violence is a necessary and basic condition for creating the safe space for the recovery process that we all need.”
Like the US, Israel is a culture of violence, racism, and endless preemptive wars — millions of defenseless civilians their victims.
Commenting ahead of the Nakba’s May 15 73rd anniversary, an open letter by 50 North American Palestinian human rights groups said the following:
“(W)e…reaffirm our commitment to the Palestinian people’s struggle for justice, return, and liberation.”
Nearly three-quarters of a century after the Nakba, “colonization and dispossession remain ongoing processes, where Palestinians continue to endure land theft and encroachments on their basic rights.”
“Despite multiple decades of Zionist brutality, our resilient people remain committed to resisting Zionist settler-colonialism and to the liberation of Palestine.”
“We continue to witness the bravery of the Palestinian people as they resist attacks on our neighborhoods and holy sites.”
“We have witnessed the courageous families of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan continue to organize against the theft of their homes by Zionist colonist organizations who march through the streets of Jerusalem chanting ‘Death to Arabs.’ ”
“We have further witnessed the occupation’s continued encroachment on our people’s holy sites, including the imposition of restrictions on Muslim worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan…”
US-led Western regimes support the worst of Israeli high crimes.
Washington financed it for decades with billions of dollars in annual aid, along with the latest weapons, state-of-art technology, and political support — in breach of international law.
Sustained resistance without quitting is the only option, the only chance for liberation.
Without it, all hope is lost.
For long-suffering Palestinians and oppressed people everywhere, resisting tyranny is a universal right.
People have power when use it, including by civil disobedience.
Passivity is no option in the face of injustice.
Israel wants Palestinians subjugated or eliminated.
It’s their obligation to challenge what no one should tolerate.
The same goes for oppressed people everywhere — including in the USA and West.
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My two Wall Street books are timely reading:
“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”
“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”