New generation of Palestinians refuse to forget or give up

On the 74th commemoration of Nakba

Palestinian wave national flags and carry giant mock keys (a widely used symbol of the Nakba, as many Palestinians kept the keys to their homes when they were forced into exile in 1948), as they march in a rally marking the 74th anniversary of the “Nakba” or “catastrophe”, in the occupied West Bank town of Ramallah, on May 15, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
AMMAN — Sunday, May 15, marked the 74th anniversary of the Nakba, also known as “the catastrophe”, which resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes by Zionist terror groups in 1948.اضافة اعلان

According to the Palestinian Information Center, during the Nakba, Zionist gangs took control of 774 Palestinian villages and cities, while destroying 531 completely, thus obliterating  native cultural and historical landmarks.

Palestinians, all over the world, have been marking the Nakba anniversary annually since then and remind the world of their ordeal and just cause. Millions of Palestinians, whose ancestors were forcibly displaced, still demand the right of return.

Pundits who spoke to Jordan News believe that Israel, which was created on the ruins of Palestinian towns and villages, is actually getting weaker, especially with the presence of a new generation of Palestinians who have shown the world that they have not forgotten the plight of their fathers and grandfathers and especially those who live under Israeli occupation

They indicated that this year’s events are different following the recent murder of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was an important part of the process of conveying the truth about the occupation to the whole world.

Former foreign minister and the first Jordanian ambassador to Israel Marwan Muasher told Jordan News that “today, it has become clear that the two-state solution that Israel rejects is no longer possible.”
the new generation of Palestinians with their insistence on a solution that guarantees equal political rights, is a proof of the failure of the Israeli project
 “The Palestinians held out heroically, especially that their number, when Israel was first established, did not exceed 160,000 people, but today it has increased to 1.7 million Palestinians living inside Israel itself,” he said.

He stressed that those Palestinians especially constitute an effective opposition to the Zionist project, “which wants to turn Israel into a purely Jewish state.”

Muasher added that “the new generation of Palestinians with their insistence on a solution that guarantees equal political rights, is a proof of the failure of the Israeli project after more than 70 years.”

He added that “the martyrdom of Abu Akleh unites all Palestinian components, in addition to that, it exposes Israeli practices.”

“Not only did they kill Abu Akleh, but they also attacked her coffin in a scene the world will never forget. Israel today wants to silence the Palestinian voice, but it has failed completely and lost the media battle of which Abu Akleh was an important part,” Muasher concluded.

Political analyst Labeeb Qamhawi told Jordan News that “despite the collapse of the Arab position towards Israel and the exodus towards normalization, there is vitality in the Palestinian people who are still steadfast in the face of the cruelty of Israeli occupation.”

He stressed the importance “of the concept of individual struggle, which has become dominant among the new generation of Palestinians”

He indicated that “the assassination of Abu Akleh confirms the importance of the daily struggle that the Palestinian people have embraced, especially now that the occupation has lost its senses in the hope that the Palestinian people will be silenced.”

Political expert Hassan Al Momani told Jordan News that “it is necessary to understand the unique nature of the Palestinian issue and put it into its historical context. We are talking about an issue that has lasted for nearly a century and remains central.”

“In my opinion, the issue has always suffered from international polarization, world conflicts and the Palestinian cause, by its nature, has suffered from double standards too,” Momani added.

“In the short and medium terms, I do not think that there will be a peaceful breakthrough and therefore an opportunity to end this historical conflict,” he added. “The issue will continue in the context of the so-called conflict management, and Israel believes that the world today is different and that there are other priorities, especially that there is a deep and terrible imbalance in positions on the Palestinian issue,” pointing to double standards when it comes to making Israeli accountable.

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