Nakba Protests: A Taste of the Future

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    They are extraordinary scenes. Film shot on mobile phones captured the moment on Sunday when at least 1,000 Palestinian refugees marched across no-man's land to one of the most heavily protected borders in the world, the one separating Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

    Waving Palestinian flags, the marchers braved a minefield, then tore down a series of fences, allowing more than 100 to run into Israeli-controlled territory. As they embraced Druze villagers on the other side, voices could be heard saying: "This is what liberation looks like."

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    Unlike previous years, this Nakba Day was not simply a commemoration of the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians in 1948, when their homeland was forcibly reinvented as the Jewish state. It briefly reminded Palestinians that, despite their long-enforced dispersion, they still have the potential to forge a common struggle against Israel.

    As Israel violently cracked down on last Sunday's protests on many fronts -- in the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem and on the borders with Syria and Lebanon -- it looked less like a military superpower and more like the proverbial boy with his finger in the dam.

    The Palestinian "Arab Spring" is arriving and Israel has no diplomatic or political strategy to deal with it. Instead on Sunday, Israel used the only weapon in its current arsenal -- brute force -- against unarmed demonstrators.

    Nakba Protests: A Taste of the Future
     
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    If they have a deed, they can return to there "homeland". They sold there land prior to the 67 war expecting to recoup the outcome at a profit they were wrong.
     
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    Why is it a taste of the future and not the past? Repressive regimes have always, and will continue to use a stalking horse to distract their victims from the fact that they have no freedom. The fact that they are willing to use Israel in that role only surprises idiots. Do you honestly want me to believe that Syria, which has always closed off access to its border from within, has suddenly seen the light and decided that everyone should be able to walk up to the border? Do you really think people are that stupid just because you want to believe they are?
     
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    GAZA, (PIC)-- A new statement calls for marches progressing towards Palestinian borders on Thursday June 5, Naksa Day, just a few weeks after thousands of Palestinian refugees and Arabs made similar protests on Nakba Day.

    ”The scene of refugees marching from all directions towards their homeland of Palestine sent a powerful message to the entire world that the refugees are determined to return to their homes however long it may take; and that 63 years were not enough to kill their dream of return; and that the new generations born in forced exile who have never seen their homeland are no less attached than their grandparents and fathers who witnessed the Nakba.”

    ”The crowds will head out from everywhere there are Palestinian refugees toward the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and occupied Palestine's borders with Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon, in peaceful marches raising the Palestinian flag and the names of their villages and towns, the keys to their homes, and certification papers.”

    The group also called on Palestinian refugees living outside of those countries to fly into the 1948-occupied territories on that day or beforehand.

    Nakba Day just a small sample of upcoming Naksa Day events
     
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    Why keep using the "Nabka" phrase?

    How is the establishment of a democratic state a catastrophe?
     
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    Happy nakba.
     

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