An Introduction

nakba

You might be wondering why this subject interests me so much or how I fall into the mix? Well, it has to do with the history of my displaced bloodline, and over the next couple of weeks you’ll really find out how passionate I am about Palestine.

Let’s go back to Palestine in 1948. We will call the year, “Nakba”, which translates from Arabic to the word Catastrophe. To Palestinians, it is know as the day of catastrophe, that came with the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Which resulted in the Palestinians violent expulsion from their homeland, that continues to last up until today.

nakba dayThe first day of this tragic event is known as, Yom Tarshiha. (Tarshiha Day). Tarshiha was a Palestinian village in north-western Palestine, present day Israel, that was subjected to heavy aerial bombardment and military shelling in October of 1948 that resulted in the death of dozens of Palestinian villagers. By November, nearly all of the villagers had been forced to flee their homes and seek asylum in neighboring countries.

My grandparents and family members were just a handful of those villagers forced out of their homeland, in only a matter of days,  My family officially became Palestinian refugees in October of 1948, seeking refuge in the neighboring country of Lebanon; where I spent many years growing up in the war torn refugee camp of Al-Burajineh.

Since then, the Palestinians have been struggling to retain what little is left of their homeland, their bloodline, their history, and most importantly their identity; as Palestine has been and continues to be ethnically cleansed by military occupation over the last 67 years.

Watch this short animated video to understand the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The ethnic cleansing of an indigenous population is worth 6 minutes of your time. It’s important we do not forget history, or any persons in it.

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