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The Nakba: A Day to Remember

67 years ago, 15 May 1948, more than 700 000 Palestinians were forcibly removed and expelled from their homeland to pave the way for a Jewish State. Rape, pillage, slaughter were methods the Zionists used to drive Palestinians to flee for safety. Those that remained behind suffered and their progeny continues to suffer to this day. The erasure of Palestine and her inhabitants was a well thought out plan. Since 1948, Zionists have stolen not only land but identity and culture as well. Anti-Semitism is now exclusively applicable to Jewish descendants and Palestinian culture including food and drink is marketed internationally as that of the occupiers. Fortunately today, the anti-erasure of Palestine is a humanitarian fight which includes activists from all three Abrahamic faiths.

The 67th Nakba Day was commemorated throughout the world. Activists demanded action from their respective leaders and businesses on the back of the last onslaught against Gaza in July 2014 as well as the on-going land theft and murder with impunity.

A Night Vigil was held on the eve of #Wat the University of Cape Town, a centre of learning where South Africa’s own colonialist past masters was a matter of interest which started a much needed and overdue discourse in the country. At the vigil a Palestinian youth spoke out of the injustice he faces as he is barred from returning to his homeland because of his ethnicity.

A predicament many Palestinians face. For those that are able to re-enter their homeland, they undergo gruelling sessions by the occupied forces or face possible jail time for ‘activities’ they may have participated in. ‘Activities’ which may include demanding freedom for their people. The on-going oppression is to ethnically cleanse Palestine of her indigenous inhabitants in favour of a Zionist majority.

At a demonstration held on Nakba Day in front of South Africa’s Parliament, a group which comprised of National Coalition of Palestine (NC4P) members and community members commemorated the day as well as called for the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador. Anglican Church Reverend June Major was also present at the event. “We were all united, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Atheist. We stood united against Zionism. But what stood out the most was standing side by side with Aunty Fouzia (sic) who was celebrating her 70th birthday. In pain she stood in support of Palestine. I remember those who have died and in those years were not allowed to return (sic). It made me more determined to stand up for Palestine. Their oppression became very real to me,” she stated. When asked how she would respond to those that don’t know what Nakba is or who deny it, she replied, “If they genuinely do not know then I would explain it to them. That was one of the reasons I participated. People tend to think that it only affects Muslims, so they don’t get involved. Not only Muslims are affected but even if it is only Muslims who are affected, then I’m standing up for them. It does not matter what religion you belong to, what was done in 1948 is evil and wrong and we need to stand up against it.”

In an article by BDS Movement, in Free State, to mark the 67th year of the Nakba, between 10 000 and 13 000 students marched to Woolworths to demand an end to the trade relations the company has with the Apartheid State. The march was led by Congress of South African Students (COSAS) which is arguably the largest school learner body in the country. COSAS Free State representative, Sipho Tsunke stated that the organisation is “in solidarity with the people of Palestine who continue to experience the harshest form of Apartheid…”

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

  • Joseph Goebells

Strange that the Zionists adopted a method used by Nazis to promulgate their ‘rights’. But alas 67 years later and the world still commemorated The Nakba.

By Quanita Diaz – 18 May 2015