Saturday, May 17, 2008

Nakbah of Palestine - Do We Care?


I couldn't resist to write.. it's so tempting.. haha

Well, have you ever came across the Nakbah of Palestine? In Arabic, Nakbah denoting 'Catastrophe', 'disaster' or something like that.

Let us briefly view on the history of Nakbah..

On May15, 1948 David Ben Gurion declared the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine. On May 2008 Israel is going to celebrate its sixtieth anniversary 'independence' day!

Currently, and after 60 years since the establishment of the zionist entity, it was able to achieve the following Achievements:

Wiped about 90% of Palestinian cities & villages off the map. Dispossessed 85% of Palestinian from their land and replaced them with settlements (colonies) for the Jews migrants.

So More than 5 million Palestinians became refugees living in Diaspora, and about other 5 million Palestinian still living on only 10% of their occupied homeland, suffering from Zionist massacres and poor living conditions.

Those achievements are what Israel celebrating as its independence day and that's also why every fair person considers this day ' Nakbah'.

Palestinian women and children leaving their homes during Nakba. Note the absence of men, most likely they were sent to labor or concentration camps

To get a better picture on Nakbah, I quote a story from a true witness of Nakbah that still alive, Yusuf. Click here to see the original article.

GAZA — It's May 12, 1948.

Nearly one month has passed since Jewish gangs escalated their assaults on the people of Palestine, sweeping villages and towns on their way.

That gloomy day, they came to Bureer, Yusuf Abdul `Al's village.

"A group of Jewish militias equipped with modern arms attacked us," Yusuf, now 80, remembers vividly.

"They started killing people everywhere they found them."

Sixty years later, Yusuf can never forget the bloody scenes of that black day.

"The number of Palestinians slaughtered on that day exceeded 100," he recalls with his light-green eyes glistening with unshed tears.

As Jewish gangsters kept coming, the village was completely defenseless in the face of their ferocious, barbaric attacks.

"There were horrible scenes of death in the village in the second day."

Palestinian villagers were not even able to carry the bodies of their slain loved ones to the cemetery.

"We couldn't bury people in the cemetery because it wasn't safe. We only threw a few piles of sand on the corps," remembers Yusuf.

Palestinians the world over commemorate today the "Nakba Day," when Israel was created on the rubble of their country.

On April 18, 1948, Palestinian Tiberius was captured by Menachem Begin's Irgun militant group, putting its 5,500 Palestinian residents in flight. On April 22, Haifa fell to the Zionist militants and 70,000 Palestinians fled.

On April 25, Irgun began bombarding civilian sectors of Jaffa, terrifying the 750,000 inhabitants into panicky flight.

On May 14, the day before the creation of Israel, Jaffa completely surrendered to the much better-equipped Zionist militants and only about 4,500 of its population remained.


May 12 was the day Jewish gangsters entered Bureer and the last day Yusuf and fellow villagers saw their homes and lands.

"All of us fled and those who couldn't flee were killed," he says.

He recalls how people used camels to carry their families and some of their properties as they fled to the neighboring city of Al-Majdal.

"We thought we would be able to return to our village a few days later. Sizty years later, we still can not," he added, growing tearful.

"In only days, the Jewish militias leveled the village, destroyed the houses and uprooted the trees. Later on, they established a cattle farm in its place."

Like the rest of his fellow villagers, Yusuf had to find a place to settle.

"After three months, we left Al-Majdal on foot towards Gaza City. My family and nine others rented an old dilapidated yard, divided it with jute curtains and lived there for a while," he remembers.

"Later on, we moved to a makeshift house in Gaza cemetery where we lived for about thirty years."

Yusuf says though the Jewish militias had destroyed his family's home and usurped their land, the memory of Palestine and the determination to go back live on.

"It’s still vivid and alive in my head and will always be," said the white-bearded old man, who has been the muezzin of Al-Mujamaa Al-Islami mosque in Gaza for decades.

Now a widower with 8 sons, 5 daughters and more than 60 grandsons, Yusuf has one dream.

"I hope to return to Bureer, die there and be buried in the village cemetery.

"But If I died before that, my sons and grandsons will fulfill my dream and get back to their lands. Rights cannot be lost for ever."

Hope all of us aware on our brothers and sister whose are suffering there in Palestine. Don't just go sleep unheeding without thinking about them. Do care about Palestinians for the sake of Muslim Brotherhood. TQ. Wassalam

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1 comments: on "Nakbah of Palestine - Do We Care?"

Ojalanpoika said...

Jeru-salaam, -shalom & -salem,

Could you kindly comment, whether my details are correct in a dissident essay concerning the recent scaling up of production in the Israeli high Tech companies in: ?

However, if you are only after Jihad against Eretz Israel by the means of media war after the conventional weapons were not succesful, please do not bother. I don't want to have anything to do with any holy war - wars are not holy. No matter if they are won or lost.

E.g. "...Before the Second Intifada, there were nearly 200 Israeli companies listed in the Nasdaq, at the Intifada the count dropped to 70. (The number is still greater than from all the European countries combined). It is said that the dollars are green since the Americans pull them down from the tree raw and fresh. The start-ups are imported straight from the garage, and scaling up of production in the "conflict hotspot" has been considered impossible. But the new Millennium has brought a change in tide.

As an example, the supranational Intel transferred the mass production of Centricon-processors to Israel, where ~20% of citizens possess university decrees (ranking 3rd in the world) but where the environment respects patents and are not plagiating every item they produce to others like the rocketting China. Intel was also offered an overall tax rate of 10%, which is about three times lower than that of US.

Also, the biggest generic drug factory in the world was recently established in Israel. Generating US$7 billion in annual revenues, Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA) is the world's largest generic pharmaceutical company. That is: to cure people with less money. TEVA makes generic versions of brand-name antibiotics, heart drugs, heartburn medications, and more - in all close to 200 global generic products, 700 compounds, and more than 2800 dosage forms and formulations. TEVA's pharmaceuticals are used in some 20% of U.S. generic drug prescriptions. Examples of TEVA's generics include lower-cost equivalents of such blockbusters as anti-depressant Prozac and cholesterol drug Mevacor. Nevertheless, in biotechnology and original drug development, about 400 experimental Israeli drugs have been approved or accepted in clinical phases.

The population of Arabs under the Israeli government increased ten-fold in only 57 years. Palestinian life expectancy increased from 48 to 72 years in 1967-95. The death rate decreased by over 2/3 in 1970-90 and the Israeli medical campaigns decreased the child death rate from a level of 60 per 1000 in 1968 to 15 per 1000 in 2000 at the Westbank. (An analogous figure was 64 in Iraq, 40 in Egypt, 23 in Jordan, and 22 in Syria in 2000). During 1967-88 the amount of comprehensive schoold and second level polytechnic institutes for the Arabs was increased by 35%. During 1970-86 the proportion of Palestinian women at the West Bank and Gaza not having gone to school decreased from 67 % to 32 %. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in West Bank and Gaza increased in 1968-1991 from 165 US dollars to 1715 dollars (compare with 1630$ in Turkey, 1440$ in Tunis, 1050$ in Jordan, 800$ in Syria, 600$ in Egypt. and 400$ in Yemen)..."

Recovering from hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of the brain,, evolutionary critic
Biochemist, drop-out (MSci-Master of Sciing)
Helsinki, Finland

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