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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Michael Warschawski, "Facing the spectres of Israel’s establishment," Alternative Information Center, May 28, 2008.

Only by fully accepting the right of return of the refugees can the Israeli people liberate themselves from the fear of return and destruction. Because, accepting in good faith the (right of) return means the end of the refugees as refugees, and their transformation into neighbors.

Ten years ago, when the State of Israel was celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, our main duty was to explain that the creation of Israel was also the Palestinian Nakba, and often people asked “what does Nakba mean?” In most of the cases, the question was the result of ignorance. Today, whoever is asking “what does Nakba mean?” is not an ignorant, but rather a Nakba-denier, a kind of cousin of the Shoah-denier who is asking “what does Shoah mean?” The concept of Nakba and the reality of the Palestinian catastrophe have become public knowledge.

Moreover: all over the world, and not only in the progressive media, any mention of Israel’s sixtieth anniversary has been followed by the mention of the Palestinian Nakba, including by those—and they are the majority—for whom the creation of Israel is an event that deserves feasts and celebrations.

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