The Nakba did not start or end in 1948. How Israel's violent birth destroyed Palestine. As Israel celebrates the Palestinian Nakba as its triumphant independence on May 1, it is preparing for a massive celebration for the 50th anniversary of its occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.
Two dates are often used to frame the so-called Palestinian-Israeli conflict: Nakba Day on May 15 and Naksa Day on June 5. Nakba means "catastrophe", a reference that was commonly used to describe the violence meted out against the Palestinian Arab population during the period of British colonialism in Palestine, which extended from 1917 to 1948. The term Nakba morphed to define the zenith of British and Zionist colonisation and settlement in Palestine, which ultimately led to the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population from their historic homeland in 1947 and 1948. Jim Crow is alive and well in Israel. For years, Israel has sold, and we in the United States have bought, the cheap peel-away sticker that it is the "lone democracy" in the Middle East.
It has a nice, assuring ring to it, sort of like "opportunity" or "peace", whatever these chants may, in practice, mean. But, like beauty, it remains very much in the eye of the beholder, and like reality, sooner or later the truth surfaces, no matter how well its fiction is packaged. We in the US are damn good at packaging ourselves, and our charade of equality and justice is second to none. We sell stuff; lots of it. Much of it false. Long before Israel erected separate communities divided by will of law to segregate its Jewish citizens from its almost two million Palestinian Arab ones, the US perfected the art of artificial divide. With the accuracy of delusion, from coast to coast, could be heard the refrain that race-based segregation was lawful as long as the facilities provided to each race were equal. Animated map of Israel taking over historic Palestine - Palestine Remix. Creating a Jewish state in Palestine was a deliberate, drawn-out and violent process.
Palestinians were dispossessed of vast swathes of land. Over 80 percent of Palestinians in what became Israel in 1948 were made into refugees overnight. A struggle with history. The Israel-Palestine conflict: a brief, simple history. What Obama Meant by '1967 Lines' and Why It Irked Netanyahu. This article is from the archive of our partner President Obama's Middle East speech yesterday lasted for about 45 minutes, but one solitary line has generated a disproportionate amount of coverage and controversy: "The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.
" And on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for a second time, rejected the 1967 borders as "indefensible" during a meeting that he and President Obama just concluded in the Oval Office (pictured above). How 1967 defined the Middle East. To understand what is happening between Israel and the Palestinians now, it is important to understand what happened in the Middle East war of 1967 - a subject of much debate among historians.
The BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, who presented the Radio 4 series Six Days That Changed the Middle East, here gives his own assessment. It took only six days for Israel to smash the armed forces of Egypt, Jordan and Syria but over the last 40 years, the legacy of the war has shaped the conflict into what it is today. The war made 250,000 more Palestinians - and more than 100,000 Syrians - into refugees. No peace is possible in the Middle East without solving their problems. Israel became an occupier. It's now clear: the Oslo peace accords were wrecked by Netanyahu's bad faith. Exactly 20 years have passed since the Oslo accords were signed on the White House lawn.
For all their shortcomings and ambiguities, the accords constituted a historic breakthrough in the century-old conflict between Jews and Arabs in Palestine. It was the first peace agreement between the two principal parties to the conflict: Israelis and Palestinians. The accords represented real progress on three fronts: the Palestine Liberation Organisation recognised the state of Israel; Israel recognised the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people; and both sides agreed to resolve their outstanding differences by peaceful means.
Mutual recognition replaced mutual rejection. In short, this promised at least the beginning of a reconciliation between two bitterly antagonistic national movements. How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland - News from Al Jazeera. When I was a child growing up in a Gaza refugee camp, I looked forward to November 2.
On that day, every year, thousands of students and camp residents would descend upon the main square of the camp, carrying Palestinian flags and placards, to denounce the Balfour Declaration. Truthfully, my giddiness then was motivated largely by the fact that schools would inevitably shut down and, following a brief but bloody confrontation with the Israeli army, I would go home early to the loving embrace of my mother, where I would eat a snack and watch cartoons. Black November. November is a painful month in the Palestinian calendar.
It is dotted with commemorative days that have one theme in common: the partitioning of Palestine. Today is the 99th anniversary of the Balfour declaration. Although it did not offer partition, it sowed the seeds for it, which eventually allowed the Zionist movement to take over Palestine. The Wanted 18. A century on, don't blame Sykes-Picot for the Middle East's troubles. Why Israel is blocking access to its archives - News from Al Jazeera.
Jerusalem - Israel is locking away millions of official documents to prevent the darkest episodes in its history from coming to light, civil rights activists and academics have warned as the country's state archives move online.
They claim government officials are concealing vital records needed for historical research, often in violation of Israeli law, in an effort to avoid damaging Israel's image. AJ+ - Why is Jerusalem Always on Edge? ForCriticalThinkers. In this first episode of IsraelPalestine for Critical Thinkers, Richard Bass takes us back thousands of years to when the region was called Canaan, and explains why it's important to go back in time to understand the issues taking place there today.
We also discuss how archaeologists and historians have used the Bible as a guide for their discoveries in the region, while working to distinguish facts from legends. Hashtags:#israelpalestine. Conflict in Israel and Palestine: Crash Course World History 223. PASSIA - The Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs. Disillusioned by War, Israeli Soldiers Muted in 1967 Are Given Fuller Voice. Continue reading the main story Video TEL AVIV — A young Israeli soldier, fresh from the front, bluntly recounts the orders from above. “They never said, ‘Leave no one alive,’ but they said, ‘Show no mercy,’ ” he explains. “The brigade commander said to kill as many as possible.” Another recalls encountering Arabs on rooftops. “They’re civilians — should I kill them or not?” Uncovered: U.K. intel encouraged Arab armies to invade Israel in 1948 - FeaturesIsrael News - Haaretz Israeli News source.
AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America's Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy The official name for Israel's latest assault on Gaza is "Operation Protective Edge. " A better name would be "Operation Déjà Vu. " As it has on several prior occasions, Israel is using weapons provided by U.S. taxpayers to bombard the captive and impoverished Palestinians in Gaza, where the death toll now exceeds 500. As usual, the U.S. government is siding with Israel, even though most American leaders understand Israel instigated the latest round of violence, is not acting with restraint, and that its actions make Washington look callous and hypocritical in the eyes of most of the world. This Orwellian situation is eloquent testimony to the continued political clout of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and the other hardline elements of the Israel lobby.
There is no other plausible explanation for the supine behavior of the U.S. And why did Netanyahu decide to go on another rampage in Gaza? Eventually another ceasefire will be negotiated. The Arab villages lost since Israel's war of independence - interactive. » Découvrez le brillant sketch pro-palestinien que vous ne verrez pas à la télévision française. BBC NEWS.