Island Nakbah

Far away from this “Holy Land” – people on a distant island continents away hear about and read about what can barely be believed.  A decision was made affecting the Palestinian people by the colonial masters  in 1948 to give their land away to a fleeing mass of refugees who themselves had experienced one of the greatest horrors in human history – the Holocaust.  In returning to the land their ancestors had fled 2000 years before, they unleashed a similar horror upon a different people – the Palestinians – the new victims of a program of genocide. European and American sponsors hardly were in a position to speak about moral issues to the Jewish immigrants who fled to Palestine and renamed it Israel.  To the people – Muslim and Christian Palestinians – this reign of terror was called “The Disaster” – the Nakbah. We can only begin to understand what this means.

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