The Nakba day known as the “day of the catastrophe” is generally commemorated on May 15 the date for Israel’s independence. Sixty-four years on and the Nakba is remembered worldwide not only to remember the estimated 700,000 Palestinians who were either expelled or fled in 1948; but to also remember the thousands internally displaced.
Today the Nakba is just as important as six decades ago for even though the Nakba is to commemorate the catastrophe, the plight of Palestinians is a never-ending one. The Atrocities committed by the state of Israel continue, with the support of some of the most influential countries [such as US & UK]. For this reason we must not only demand and continue to strive for un-conditional freedom and democracy for Palestinians but we must also demand so from our governments.
As Hugh Lanning Palestine Solidarity Campaign [PSC] deputy general secretary said ‘Administrative detention is a British legacy. Our responsibility is to ensure government stops ignoring Palestinian prisoners’
As the people chanted ‘free Palestine’ and as Palestinians and non-Palestinians all came together in London outside Downing Street; we showed we continue to remember even half way across the world. We remember the refugees of the past and present, we remember the imprisoned; generations on we still care.
‘Israel can build its walls and it can shackle prisoners but even inside their four walls Palestinians continue to demand for freedom.’
Baroness Jenny Tonge ‘…Time is running out we have to act if Palestine is to be saved and two states are to be created…’
Obada Sawallha the nephew of hunger striker Mahmoud Ramahi speaks about Palestinian hunger strikers and the Nakba. To show his solidarity he’s also on hunger strike.
‘As an occupied, oppressed people we do not have tanks and we do not have fighter jets we have something much, much more powerful – we have our resolve and we have our determination’
Brief reminders in the midst of the demonstration as the ‘Jewish Task force’ tried to provke protesters and disrupt the demonstration. [They were arrested swiftly]
PSCUpdate later tweeted ‘Police officer congratulated Palestine protester @ London protest for Nakba following an attempt by 2 counter demonstrators to disrupt rally’.
There’s an estimated 2,000 hunger strikers in Israeli jails who are fighting with the only thing they have left and six decades on as we commemorate the Nakba. I leave you with the words of the great Mahmoud Darwish who described the Nakba as, ‘an extended present that promises to continue in the future’ – Unless we continue to never forget and educate so we may never be idle in our actions, unless we never seize to demand justice and freedom there will come a day when justice triumphs over injustice.