Reading today’s editorial by Amira Hass prompts jerks of recognition and agreement: not only does she indicate the willingness to ignore the Palestinian nakba, but the reluctance to acknowledge the parallels between their longing for their land, and the Jewish need for a land:
How natural it is for Israeli spokesmen to assert that the Nakba Day marches from Syria and Lebanon were the product of incitement and foreign calculations. The state, which bases its existence on 2,000 years of longing for and belonging to this country, shows contempt toward palpable displays of belonging to and longing for the same country of those who we expelled 63 years ago – and of their descendants. […]
Another example would be the refusal to acknowledge the suffering endured by the other. Here it will be said “the Arabs started the war”, and there it will be said “the Jews caused the Nakba – the expulsion of the Palestinian people from its homeland, whereas the Palestinians bear no responsibility for the Holocaust – the genocide of the Jewish people.”
Every Jew in the world, whether a citizen of the U.S. or Morocco, has rights in this one country, from the river to the sea, that we denied to those who live in it today, and those who were born in it and grow old as refugees in Lebanon or Syria. And the Oslo process? Israel devised it as a stratagem to impose the solution of reservations.
Israel makes capital out of the six million to justify policies of destruction and expulsion not just in the past, but in the present and future. As the state which claims to be the heir of the Holocaust martyrs, Israel crowns itself as the winner in the global, historical competition of victimhood. Yet it manufactures methods of oppression and dispossession of the individual and the collective, methods which turn the Nakba into a continuing, 63-year process. [Source]
At a particular juncture her comment could be drawn directly from my work on Palestinian identity; replace ‘holocaust’ with ‘nakba’ and it is a match:
In a private, personal sense, the Holocaust did not become the “past;” for those who survived it, it continues until they die.
Hass’ article raises goosebumps with its poignancy: the similarities are startlingly between the protagonists, though one refuses to understand the other.
It is lucid and painfully so.
As I write this a friend on Facebook quipped that no Israelis, despite being descendants of the Holocaust, would act for the Palestinians.
I countered there are many leftist groups who do so tirelessly; the crux is that they are not in power.
As long as the likes of Bibi and the ever-vile Avigdor Lieberman occupy the political echelons, there will be no progression, only regression.
And so the sorry affair continues, though the voices of those such as Amira Hass will continue to provide hope, rationale and inspiration.
To read the full article, ‘How Israel turned the Nakba into a 63-year process,’ click here.