75 Years of Nakba: The Catastrophe Is Ongoing
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, or “catastrophe” in Arabic. Yet the displacement and dispossession of Palestinian people from their homeland began even before the creation of the Zionist State of Israel in 1948, and continues to this day.
Monday, May 15 is the 75th anniversary of the Nakba. At the time of writing, the Zionist state of Israel is bombarding the Gaza Strip. Even amid the continued dispossession, displacement, and attacks, Palestinians are still fighting for their liberation. Around the world, massive demonstrations are taking place in solidarity with Palestine against the Zionist occupation.
The Nakba, or “catastrophe” in Arabic, refers to the forced displacement and dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes and land in 1948, when the Zionist state of Israel was established.
The Zionist state of Israel was backed by first British and later U.S. imperialism, created to be an enclave serving imperialist interests in the region. For decades, the U.S. has been the country’s main source of support through military and economic aid, providing billions of dollars each year. Israel is now the most powerful military force in the region.
The Nakba was characterized by widespread violence, including massacres, forced evictions, and destruction of homes and villages. Many Palestinians were killed or fled their homes in fear of violence. It resulted in the displacement of around 750,000 Palestinians, who became refugees. Many were forced to live in precarious refugee camps in Palestine and surrounding countries, and their ancestors continue to live there today...
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