Articles from Mondoweiss: The War of Ideas in the Middle East

On Nakba Day, Palestinian in Gaza explain why they joined the ‘Great March of Return’

Every year on May 15th Palestinians and Israelis share the same historic day. For Israelis it marked the 70th anniversary of Israel’s creation in 1948.

Today also served as Nakba Day, the 70th anniversary of when 750,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes, and villages surrounding Israel’s creation.

Thousands protest across the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba

BETHLEHEM — Thousands of Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip participated in massive demonstrations on Tuesday, the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, when an estimated 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes when the state of Israel was established in 1948.

More than six million Palestinians, whether in the occupied Palestinian territory or in the diaspora, still call for the application of their internationally recognized right of return to their homes and villages in present-day Israel.

London stages multiple protests in solidarity with Palestine

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Twitter feed is quiet of news of Palestine, she has not written a heartfelt message or postponed her busy schedule to remember the dead. Instead of condemning Israeli forces for killing Palestinians or criticizing U.S.

‘It’s our country, and we’ll return one day’: 70 years later the wound is still painful

I’m a refugee myself from the occupied village al-Majdal since 1948. I’m writing this article in a modest house covered with an asbestos ceiling granted by UNRWA to my grandfather Ahmed in 1952 as compensation for the house and orchard he owned in al-Majdal; which he was forcibly displaced from by the Jewish Haganah gangs. Luckily, some old members of my family are still alive telling us the story of their own Nakba seventy years ago.

Killing Gaza: New documentary features Life Under Siege

On August 13, as a five-day ceasefire took hold in Israel’s 51 day war with Gaza, Max Blumenthal and I headed for the hyper-militarized border terminal at Erez crossing. We had no plans to make a documentary at that point. I brought along my camera and shotgun microphone to record interviews that I could transcribe for written articles. It quickly became clear to us that the harrowing testimony we were gathering in the miles and miles of rubble that spanned Gaza’s shattered border regions should be the basis for a documentary.

Israeli lawmaker warns that the Great March of Return will turn into “The Great Nakba”

Israeli lawmaker Avi Dichter (Likud) is the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and former head of the Shin Bet intelligence agency.  He tweeted the following message to Palestinians in Gaza:

A Reuters photographer from Gaza explains what it’s like to cover the Great March of Return

The events of this week really aren’t easily captured by a static newslist like this, which in any case can’t cover everything when Palestine is all over the news.  It would be a good idea to follow one of the live blogs on various media which keep updating. Here are three with differing points of view. They also have interesting opinion articles:

My March of Return

Part I — The Arrival