2008. május 14., szerda

60. Al Nakba - 60 éves a Katasztrófa - The Catastrophe 60 years

60 éves lett májusban az „izrael”-nek elnevezett zsidó állam.
60 éve történt és azóta is tart amit a palesztinok Al Nakba-nak neveznek (a katasztrófa).
Ha igazságosak akarunk lenni, és jó ízlés is talán még van a világban, nem ünnepelhetünk más sírja fölött, vagy másnak a lerombolt házának köveiből fölépített „templomunkban”.
Ha a zsidó emlékezik, emlékezik a palesztin is.
Az egyiknek háza fölött csillagos zászló, a másiknak –milliók- feje fölött, azokon a hatvan évvel ezelőtti napokban, a csillagos ég…

Losing her tent in the winter storms of February 1969 was a major tragedy for this displaced Palestinian refugee woman who found shelter in Baqa'a emergency camp, east Jordan.
Credit: UNRWA Photo by Munir Nasr.

Aftermath of the Snow Storms at Baqa'a Agency Camp (1969):
East Jordan

Children lined up at a UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school for Palestinian refugee children in the Jalazoun refugee camp, in the West Bank in 1950. UNRWA was established following the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict to carry out relief and works programs for Palestinian refugees and began operations in May 1950. Originally thought to be a temporary organization, in the absence of a solution to the Palestinian refugee problem, the General Assembly has since renewed UNRWA's mandate until June 2011.
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A Palestinian walked past a poster commemorating nakba, the Arabic term for what Palestinians view as the catastrophe of Israeli statehood and independence in 1948. Nakba Day was inaugurated in 1998 by Yasser Arafat, when over one million people participated in marches and other events, and is thought of a day when tragedy befell the Palestinian nation.
Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Palestinians manufactured a giant symbolic key as they prepared to mark the 60th anniversary for the Palestinian Nakba, or Day of Catastrophe in the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem. Palestinians mark the Nakba as a day of mourning for the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948, which led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. The key represents the symbol of Right of Return, UN resolution 194, which asserts that Palestinian refugees have a right to return to the homes and villages they left or were forced out of in Palestine.

In his Gaza shop, Palestinian Nasser Flefel, 37, carves wooden keys, representing the keys to the homes of Palestinian refugees, that they left behind in 1948, and are a symbol of the right of return for the Palestinian people. In the process of Israel's creation and independence, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians lost their homes, businesses and land. As Israel marks its 60th birthday, the Palestinians mark nakba, or catastrophe in Arabic.
Adel Hana/AP

Many Palestinians were driven from their villages during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. Yamnah Ibrahim Harab, 95, reaches to hold the key to her old house in northern Israel that her family fled in 1948. They now live in a West Bank refugee camp. As Israelis celebrate the 60th anniversary of their nation's founding, Palestinians commemorate and remember the time as 'the catastrophe,' nakba, which resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands, and the destruction of Palestinian culture.
Muhammed Muheisen/AP

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