In commemoration of the 55th anniversary of Nakba, a Palestinian memorial marked on May 15, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Thursday stated that Palestine “is our country, to which every Palestinian refugee has the right to return.”
Palestinians who lost their homes or their lives in conflict following the creation of an Israeli state in 1948 are those remembered in Nakba, the Arabic word for cataclysm or catastrophe.
“In this day of mourning, the Israeli state was founded as a result of a colonial conspiracy and was established on Palestinian lands whose residents were expelled and massacred,” said Arafat.
In a speech broadcasted by the Palestinian Authority-run local channel, Arafat said that he will not “accept humiliation and Israeli colonialism and the Israeli aggression carried out against Palestinians and their holy sites.” Israel must withdraw from all the lands it occupied in the 1967 Six-Day War and Palestinian refugees must be allowed to return to their homes, he insisted.
Well, no one said peace would be easy. Or, as long as this fossil is around, possible.