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The Palestinian “Catastrophe”

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The Media Review Network South Africa would like to announce and share a special day of commemoration for the people of Palestine, Nakba Day.

May is a very significant month as it marks a special day of commemoration that is observed by Palestinians and Arab Israelis. It is observed on the 15th to commemorate the events that led to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fleeing or being forced out of their homes by organised Zionist terror groups that followed Israel’s illegal declaration of statehood in 1948.

These events were marked by violence, ethnic cleansing and dispossession of Palestinians, and is a clear illustration of the reign of terror the Zionist regime imposed to claim their so-called “heritage”. Palestinians call these events of the late 1940s the Nakba (Catastrophe).

The catastrophe of the 1940’s continues to this day and to many Palestinians is a reminder of the constant turmoil they face in everyday life as Israel maintains an illegal occupation and colonization of the historic Palestine. Palestine is the largest remaining refugee population in the world that is subjected to constant violence, prejudice and inhumane standards of living. It is on this type of abomination that the apartheid state of Israel ‘celebrates’ its foundation of so-called independence and statehood.

The Media Review Network South Africa calls on the public and the South African Government to stand in solidarity and raise your voices against the largest remaining colonial entity based on violations of international law, human rights, injustices and dehumanization. Let the 15th of May be a day where South Africans join together to remember the people of Palestine and lest we forget the inhumane treatment imposed by the Zionist regime.

Coincidently the 10th of May also marks the anniversary of the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as the first President of a free, non-racial and non-sexist democracy. Therefore, it is not difficult for South Africans to identify with the cry of the Palestinians considering our history. We as South Africans have just celebrated Freedom Day which marked the abolishment of Apartheid and the founding of our rainbow nation. We have proved to the world that people of various political and religious persuasions can live in harmony. We see no reason why all Palestinians (Muslim, Christian and Jews) cannot do likewise.

Nabila Mahomed Ismail
Media Review Network
Tel: 011 837 3220