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On Nakba Day I want the right to be angry Nada Elia on Mondoweiss

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I am angry at the fact that this is a year of milestones, each adding to the previous one’s devastation, with none celebrating a major victory.  2017 marks one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration, 69 years since al-Nakba, 50 years since al-Naksa.  And yet for many, it is only that most recent blow, “the occupation,” that registers as wrong, as if imperialism, settler-colonialism and genocide were perfectly acceptable.

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Recasting the Nakba: Palestinian struggle between victimhood and resistance by Ramzy Baroud on Middle East Monitor

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If Palestinians actually “existed” in Israel’s imagination, there can never be any moral justification for its creation; there will never be any Israeli narrative that could be powerful enough to rejoice at the birth of the Israeli “miracle” that “made the desert bloom”. That blood-stained birth callously required the destruction of an entire nation; people with a unique history, language, culture and collective memory. It was thus absolutely necessary for the Palestinians to be wiped out to quell any possible sense of Israeli guilt, shame and legal and moral responsibility for what has befallen millions of dispossessed people.

… Terms such as the “Jewish Nakba” are becoming omnipresent, in reference to the alleged ethnic cleansing of Arab Jews from their countries during the war of 1948. While the attempt to rewrite history is disingenuous at best, it signals the growing signs of defeat for the Israeli discourse. The term “Nakba” has proven to be too powerful a reference to the origins of Israel, established with genocidal intent and complete disregard for another nation.

Nevertheless, the Nakba must be in a constant process of re-evaluation and, if needed, redefinition. The Nakba is not merely a question of history, but an ongoing reality that has affected several generations of Palestinians.

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Pro-Palestine Protesters Disrupt Celebration of Israel Independence Day on The Cornell Daily Sun

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Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine protested and held a die-in at an Israeli Independence Day celebration in Anabel Taylor Hall on Monday… four members of SJP held a sign that read “Celebrating 69 years of Genocide” while others handed out fliers. Most members lay silently on the floor, some covered in flags, as part of the die-in protest… Piragash Swargaloganathan, a member of SJP, said the protest did not go according to plan, but said he thinks the group achieved its goal of raising awareness. “It didn’t go as what we were expecting, but our goal is to … bring awareness that we need the people who are celebrating this event to be uncomfortable and to confront that they are celebrating a genocide, and I think we did achieve that,” he said.

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Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies: Special Issue in Memory of Edward W. Said (Introduction by Professor Salim Vally, April 2017)

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John Docker excoriates another field — Genocide Studies. Mainstream Genocide Studies has scored a temporary ideological victory by dismissing those who have compellingly showed why the Nakba, in fact the ongoing Nakba should qualify as an example of genocide. Furthermore, the gatekeeper of Genocide Studies have clearly aligned with Zionist Israel by holding a conference on the Hebrew University’s campus in Occupied Jerusalem despite a Palestinian-led call to desist from going ahead. Docker usefully shows how Damian Short’s Redefining Genocide: Settler Colonialism, Social Death and Ecocide resonates with Said’s The Question of Palestine. Short, as explained by Docker, embraces Raphael Lemkin’s definition of genocide as a two-phase process of destruction and replacement constituted by:

… convergent processes that attempt to destroy the foundations of a society so that it can no longer exist as a society; processes that certainly might involve mass killing including massacres, but can also encompass methods of destruction and replacement that engage many dimensions, including the political, social, cultural, linguistic, religious, and economic.

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The struggle for indigenous rights extends to Palestine by Justin Salhani

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It’s through this lens that Americans have celebrated Columbus Day since the 1930s. But with the realization that the Native American people may not have appreciated acts of genocide or ethnic cleansing, Columbus Day is now increasingly being shunned for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

But the struggle of indigenous activists isn’t limited to the Americas. Much as the Native Americans view Columbus Day, the Palestinian people view the creation of the state of Israel, a day they commemorate on May 15 each year as youm al-Nakba, which means “day of catastrophe” in Arabic.

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The Genocide of the Palestinian People: An International Law and Human Rights Perspective by Center for Constitutional Rights

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While there has been recent criticism of those taking the position that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians, there is a long history of human rights scholarship and legal analysis that supports the assertion. Prominent scholars of the international law crime of genocide and human rights authorities take the position that Israel’s policies toward the Palestinian people could constitute a form of genocide. Those policies range from the 1948 mass killing and displacement of Palestinians to a half-century of military occupation and, correspondingly, the discriminatory legal regime governing Palestinians, repeated military assaults on Gaza, and official Israeli statements expressly favoring the elimination of Palestinians.

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New generation of Palestinians ‘hopeless about peace talks’ on MEHR News Agency

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Iran’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement in the occasion of the anniversary of Nakba Day, a day marked by Palestinians as formation of Israeli usurping regime in 1948 as their ‘day of catastrophe.’.. “Since May 14, 1948 when the inglorious and illegitimate regime of Israel came to being in the heartland of Islamic world, that is, 68 years ago, the day of Nakba has been reminiscence of the gloomiest day of the Palestinians and endless days of suffering when millions of Palestinians have displaced and become homeless; the 1948 events were the forerunners of even darker days of genocide of the Palestinians which ensued during the next decades by Zionists…”

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Michigan Radio rejects sponsor’s pro-Israeli message by Ali Harb

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But to Palestinian activists, the day commemorating the establishment of the State of Israel is a painful occasion and it has nothing to do with anti-Semitism… Nawash added that wishing Israel a happy independence day is a harmful message that amounts to advocating for “cultural genocide” against Palestinians. “When I celebrate the birth of Israel, I am celebrating wiping the identity of the history and culture of Palestinians,” he said. He said Israel destroyed the fabric of Palestinian society, both in Israel and the Palestinian territories, because of splintering caused by Nekba.

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Gaza: Secrets and Lies by Sami Abu Salem

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Al Asmar told Newsweek Middle East, the play “is a true expression of the mass memory” of the Palestinian people. “This memory has begun when the Zionist military gangs [the precursor to the Israeli Army] committed genocide against the Palestinian people and [forced] them out of their cities to establish Israel in 1948.”

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