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On Naksa Day: mixed feelings of pessimism and hope

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Israeli occupation forces fire tear gas as Palestinian protesters and activists flee, near an Israeli checkpoint at the entrance of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, during a rally demanding the reopening of the roadblock, on May 29, 2021. (Photo: AFP)
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AMMAN — Saturday, June 5th, marked the 54th anniversary of Naksa Day, or “setback day", which resulted in Israeli forces completing the occupation of the rest of the Palestinian territories from Jordan, including Jerusalem, along with the Golan Heights from Syria, and Sinai Peninsula from Egypt. اضافة اعلان

This year, political analysts and experts are concerned that the region may witness a second setback, especially in light of the continuous Israeli attacks on Palestine, specifically Gaza and the Jerusalem’s Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods. Others seen in these brave acts on the part of the people under occupation as the light in the end of the tunnel.

Faisal Darraj, a Palestinian literary and cultural critic, told Jordan News that the situation is grim, with a reality that reflects a never-ending Naksa.

"Palestine is no longer a concern, little or much for many, and many people rush to recognize Israel as if this recognition was a virtue or a path to heaven.”

A Jordanian long-time celebrity interested in the Palestinian cause agreed.

"We are still living in continuous setbacks, and we will always do so if the Arab governments do not pay attention to their citizens and their capabilities,” said Zuhair Nobani, a Jordanian veteran actor.

Nobani explained that "we dreamt about united Arab countries one day, and the dream unfortunately never came true. If we really want to not face any future setbacks, we need to focus on how to get reunited, and how to benefit from our knowledge and education in protecting our societies and countries.”

But the artist still saw some space for optimism. "Despite everything that has happened and will happen, I still believe in the new generations, especially after seeing what they have done in the recent attacks on Palestine,” he said. “They will make a difference one day."

Ayman Hunaiti, political analyst and Israeli affairs expert, said: "I expect setbacks, not only a setback, to happen in the near future. I do not want to be negative but I say that from what I see."

"There are some changes regarding the United States of America, but these changes will not have a real and direct impact on ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” said Hunaiti. “What Gaza has been facing recently gives a real indication that this matter should be solved through sound and effective ways.”

For Asmahan Taher, a researcher and physician, the future will bring a change, bit a positive one.

"In my opinion, we are not on the verge of a setback. I think we are on the verge of a real awakening and a greater sense of the Palestinian cause."

"The actions of the Israeli forces against Palestinians who protest against evacuating their homes or pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the cross-border fighting between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, and the marches from Jordan on the borders of the West Bank, are real indicators of a different Middle East.

"The strength and insistence of the Palestinian people and especially youth and children stimulated the Arab street and made the world turn towards the Palestinian cause," she said.

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