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The Land and Nakba
By: Mohammad Al-Sahli
April 4, 2018

The Netanyahu government has been worried of the march of return, organized by the Palestinians over the period between the Land Day on 30 March and the middle of May, the 70th anniversary of their great catastrophe (Nakba), therefore , the Israeli security services have taken into their considerations the "worst" scenarios for what would happen of possible field developments and confrontations.

Although the occupation knows that the Palestinian people celebrates these two occasions each year, but it is aware that this year's events, go beyond asserting the right of return to their homes and properties, to take the course of confrontation with the American-Israeli attack and Trump's aggression on the status of Jerusalem in the Palestinian national project, and his intention to transfer his embassy to the city on the anniversary of the Nakba, and his collusion with the Israeli endeavor to end the "UNRWA" in preparation for the cancellation of the right of return and the liquidation of the Palestinian cause as a whole.

The Israeli media have been preoccupied by the warnings of the seriousness of what would the Palestinians do on the anniversary of the land and Nakba and what is between them for about 45 days. Netanyahu's emergency illness, did not prevent the convening of the mini-cabinet to examine all possibilities, including the firing of live bullets at the participants in the return marches, as they approach the borders of their country. Lieberman, who ran the meeting, was careful to portray the matter, as an attack on Israel from the east, north and south.

It was remarkable, that some members of the mini - cabinet stressed the need to warn some neighboring Arab capitals of the repercussions of these events on their security, in reference to the need for "joint coordination" to thwart these events and reduce their momentum, at least.

On the other hand, the “Supreme National Committee”, concerned with the management of the Palestinian mass events, to be comprehensive, wide and geographically extensive within and around the 1948 territories. It was clear that the vast majority of the political and popular elements of the Palestinian political situation have reached a stage of tension due to the policies of the US- Israeli alliance against the national rights of the Palestinian people.

It is possible to say that the Palestinian popular and political situation is in front of a very important station, and it is possible that the activities of the land and Nakba to be a serious turning point in the course of popular action and its development towards the clash with the Israeli occupation’s expansionist project in an open battle, considering that the activities of this year have exceeded, in many titles the symbolic revival for these integrated occasions.

Needless to say, perhaps, that these fronts of conflict have extended in the occupied Palestinian territories in 1967, as in the territories of the 48, under the attack of settlements and Judaization, starting from Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley, to the Galilee and the Negev. This does not mean that the inhabitants of these areas, are exclusively concerned with this battle, but it is the battle of everyone, politically, in the field and diplomatically.

As in the political issue, it's supposed that the Palestinian political situation, including the official one, to unite in supporting the existing popular movement, by engaging in it, defending it, and providing the necessary factors for its development, within the framework of a sustained popular resistance, involved by all popular groups, in defense of the rights that are threatened to liquidation.

In this regard, it is reiterated that the official leadership must commit to the practical boycotting to the occupation and move away from attempts to repress the popular movement and limit it within the Oslo "considerations", which the Central Council in its previous two sessions emphasized the necessity to overstep them, with their political, security and economic constraints.

On the diplomatic side, the internationalization of the issue, is supposed to be the main focus of the Palestinian official movement. The recent decisions of the World Human Rights Council about the Palestinian cause and the conflict with the occupation, have affirmed that the international institutions, are a helping field in the fight against occupation and pressuring on it, and they highlighted the need to build on these decisions, as well as transfer them to the relevant international institutions, especially the International Criminal Court, and to submit direct complaints before it in preparation for the prosecution of the occupation for its crimes against the Palestinian people, his land and properties; and to submit the crimes of the settlers in Jerusalem and the West Bank, as a result of occupation, settlement and Judaization; and all these crimes are described in international law and United Nations’ resolutions.

• The struggle for the protection of the rights of Palestinian refugees does not separate from all this, in forefront, the right of return to their homes and properties from which they have been expelled during and after the Nakba, and facing the American-Israeli attempts to replace the international mandate of UNRWA for Palestinian refugees, through the separation between the resolution of its formation and the international resolution 194, which directs the Agency's work towards providing services to refugees until their return.

• In this context, the battle for the defense of UNRWA and its existing function is at the forefront of the defense of the right of return.

It is normal that the activities of confronting the American-Israeli attack under the title of defending the land and rights, to include all the places of asylum and Diaspora in a unified public and political campaign that affirms the unity of the national rights and goals of the Palestinian people.

The American correspondence with the Zionist project and the expansionist Israeli policies has moved the conflict with the occupation, to a more serious level, with Washington using its political and material resources, in direct pressure on the Palestinian situation to accept the conditions of Tel Aviv. As the land is at the core of the conflict with the occupation, the recent US policies have sought to legalize the land ownership in favor of it, by overstepping the need for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on all the occupied Palestinian territories by the aggression of 1967, and by declaring the right of occupation to spread settlements in the West Bank and recognizing that Jerusalem is its eternal capital.

In the context of the so-called "deal of the century", the Palestinians are on the sidelines of the American plan, which is based mainly on finding a regional solution that takes into consideration the intersection of regional interests, so that the Arab official normalization with the occupation is the primary aim, regardless of the rights of the Palestinian people; in particular the right of return of its refugees to their homes and properties.

Therefore, the titles of defense of the land and adherence to the right of return to homes and properties, represent the most prominent the titles in tasks of national action, and thus the return marches will be one of the motives of these major national tasks, and the Palestinian situation have to push for the success of these events and support them.

Mohammad Al-Sahli is the Editor in Chief of Al-Hourriah newspaper, the official speaker of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Translated by Rawda Abo Zarqa
Revised by Ibrahim Motlaq

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