“We must do everything to insure they never return. The old will die and the young will forget”
– David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, 1949
The Nakba (meaning ‘Catastrophe’) which is generally commemorated on 15 May marked the birth of the state of Israel in 1948. The Palestinian refugee crisis was born out of this catastrophe & to this day, the majority of Palestinians remain refugees. Following the Nakba, 78% of historic Palestinian land was seized for the establishment of the state of Israel
During the Nakba, 530 Palestinian villages were ethnically cleansed, thousands were killed & 75% of the Palestinian population fled. Many massacres were committed by the Zionist forces, including the massacre at Deir Yassin where approximately 250 women, children & men were killed in what began as a dawn raid & lasted two days
Let it be know that our cause will never die, that it can never be imprisoned, expelled, tortured or humiliated. 65 years since the Nakba, a catastrophe that we did not forget, that we still have not forgotten & that we shall never forget. We shall return. Amin & InsyaAllah!