The Palestinian Nakba: 75 years of suffering and the need for a just solution

May 15, 2023

Al-Qassam Website - Seventy-five years have passed since the Israeli occupation of Palestine, during which the occupation forces perpetrated the most horrific crimes and massacres against the Palestinian people, who have been holding on to their land and rights.

A Deliberate Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians in 1948

On May, 15, 1948, a catastrophic event involving the forced displacement of over 750,000 Palestinian citizens by Israeli occupation forces and Zionist gangs took place. This deliberate and systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing aimed to create a Jewish majority in occupied Palestine. The Nakba remains a significant chapter in Palestinian history and continues to be the primary cause of the ongoing suffering endured by the Palestinian people.

The Lingering Impact: Palestinian Refugees and Their Ongoing Struggles

The recent aggression by Israeli occupation forces against the besieged Gaza Strip has brought painful memories as the Palestinian people commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Nakba. The Nakba had a lasting impact on the Palestinians, with millions of their descendants living as refugees across the Middle East. These refugees face numerous challenges, including limited access to basic services, restricted movement, and political marginalization. Many reside in overcrowded refugee camps, lacking essential resources and living in a state of uncertainty and hardship.

The ongoing suffering of the Palestinian people is attributed to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. This occupation has resulted in the denial of Palestinian human rights, such as the right to self-determination and the right of return for Palestinian refugees. Furthermore, the establishment of Israeli colonial settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, which are illegal under international law, further perpetuates the suffering of Palestinians. These settlements have led to the displacement of Palestinian families and the destruction of their homes and infrastructure.

 The Gaza Strip: A Symbol of Collective Punishment and Humanitarian Crisis

The siege imposed on the Gaza Strip serves as another form of collective punishment against the Palestinian people. The blockade has resulted in the denial of essential goods and services, including food, medicine, and clean water. Additionally, it has had a devastating impact on Gaza's economy, leading to high levels of poverty and unemployment.

Urgent Action Required from the International Community

Addressing the Palestinian Nakba and the ongoing suffering of the Palestinian people requires a just solution. The international community must take immediate action to tackle the root causes of this tragedy, including the occupation, settlement expansion, and the illegal blockade of Gaza. Palestinians have the inherent right to live in dignity and peace, free from the daily oppression and subjugation they have endured for far too long.

Resistance continues

Despite decades of oppression, displacement, and violence, the Palestinian people have not given up their struggle for justice and their right to return to their homes. The legacy of Deir Yassin lives on in the steadfastness of the Palestinian people, who continue to resist and fight for their rights and their homeland.