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Palestine: A land without a people. A people without a land
The Nakba known as the disaster or catastrophe. During the early years, many Palestinians refused to acknowledge this; hundreds of thousands vowing to immediately return to their holy land. Sadly this ultimate hope has yet to be realized. Till this day, 64 years later, thousands of refugees are confined to flimsy makeshift shelters, three generations can be found living in abhorrent conditions and thousands are not considered legitimate citizens therefore deprived of the basic rights afforded exclusively to citizens. As in Lebanon, any Palestinian born in the UNRWA camps are not given official government birth certificates and thus denied ID cards. A never ending vicious circle that persists.
Yet the UNRWA officially recognizes refugees from June 1946 and May 1948, as stated on their website. What about the rest of Palestinians who were brutally driven from their homes and family lands passed over hundreds of generations? Thousands killed by the Israeli forces with the backing of the British forces. Who recognizes them?
Hundreds of essays, books, documentaries painfully detail the plight of the Palestinian exodus. Annual memorials consist of traditional dabkas, poetry readings, nationalistic salutes, and so on, of course our Arab leaders are seated front row at these events making a mockery of the Nakba. All these efforts are simply ignored, detoured to the higher authorities that back the foundation of Israel.
Palestinian refugees are not in need of UN stamped flour sacks, or the monthly contribution of $16 USD. They are in need of Palestine in its entirety, no UN negotiations with the occupying force about bits and pieces of scattered lands.
The Arab Revolutions have stamped out the misconceptions about the Palestinian people and above all the entire Muslim Ummah contradictory to the Arab tyrants mandates. Their beliefs and opinions were smothered by censored media, falsely showing the Ummah’s approval for a two-state solution or the constant humiliating submissions to the Israeli occupiers while the Palestinian Authority acting in humiliation and overt generosity signs over the sacred lands of the Muslims to the murdering occupiers. The Muslims do not want Palestine at the 1948 or 1967 borders—they want all of Palestine.
While the international media is filled with accounts of the Nakba and pro-Palestine rallies throughout the world, this will never change the plight of the Palestine. The struggle between Israel and Palestine is ideological; it is not about boundary or a two-state deal. The core issue lies in the existence of Palestine. This is not limited to only Palestinians but to all Muslims as it a Muslim dilemma who must never submit to the demands of the Israeli or US regimes. The Ummah must liberate Palestine. Not sit at negotiation counsels with the Arab League.
UNRWA spokesman, Chris Gunness, said, “UNRWA would like nothing more than to disappear and not be needed anymore. It provides services pending a just and durable solution to the conflict.” This is far from the truth. These types of agencies are the ones who exploit the Palestinian issue while stalling and protecting the Israeli existence. The Arab Revolution has torn down the façade and exposed the Arab leaders’ loyalty. A powerful and sincere army is the only solution to recovering stolen lands from the occupier. As a clear and positive indicator of the Arab Revolutions, that day is near. The great army of the Khilafah will defiantly triumph uprooting the Israeli regime returning the Holy Land to all those deprived from its air, sun, and water. Thus uniting the Ummah with its sacred lands. Indeed that time has arrived.
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