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May 06, 2003

The Nakba and the RoachMap

Sometimes, one short news story encapsulates a complex problem better than a thousands analytical articles. This, I believe, is the case of a JPost article, 6 May 2003, entitled, "Palestinians to mark 55th anniversary of 'nakba' ", by KHALED ABU TOAMEH. The story reports:

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are planning a series of events on Independence Day, which they refer to as their nakba (catastrophe).

Since the establishment of the Palestinian Authority, Palestinians have marked this day with anti-Israel rallies and demonstrations. They have also used the occasion to educate children on the right of all refugees to return to their former villages and towns.
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A number of Israeli left-wing groups are expected to participate in the events, which are held under the motto, "No Independence without Acceptance of Moral Responsibility and Recognition of the Debt[;] No Independence without a Just Solution of Return, Repatriation, and Restitution."

The events include, among other things, the broadcasting of special programs on Palestinian TV with the aim of raising awareness on the right of return.
Question: Is it possible to create a peaceful state for a population that considers their neighbours' state to constitute "Nakba"? This alone is sufficient to reduce the RoachMap to a risible farce.

Second question: the vast majority of Israelis, and anyone outside of Israel with a view on the matter, understands that the so-called "right of return" is a code terms for the extermination of Israel. How can there be any peace negotiations with an entity like the PA, the TV of which incites "with the aim of raising awareness on the right of return"?

And if anyone doubts the intentions of some segments of the Left to see Israel utterly destroyed, note the passage, A number of Israeli left-wing groups are expected to participate in the events, which are held under the motto, "No Independence without Acceptance of Moral Responsibility and Recognition of the Debt[;] No Independence without a Just Solution of Return, Repatriation, and Restitution."