'The Forced Displacement of Palestinians Never Truly Ended
Date Written: 19/04/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22224
As Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary, a child and grandchild of exiled Palestinian reflects on the Nakba, where 750,000 were driven from their homes or fled in terror following massacres of Palestinian civilians by Jewish militias.
Our family ethic has always demanded: never leave the unfortunate behind. The first duty of the strong is to help the weak. That is why my family rescued four Australian and New Zealander soldiers caught behind Turkish lines during World War I, leading to the imprisonment and near execution of my entire extended family. That is why, during the Jerusalem riots in 1929, my grandparents harbored Jewish neighbors in Villa Harun ar-Rashid. That is why, as Papa fought to recover from the Nakba, he was haunted by the greater suffering of his fellow Palestinians, the true refugees.