70th Year of the Nakba

Today marks the 70th year of the Nakba. Palestinians were violated and forced out of there homeland and never allowed back in.

Nakba is translated literally to "catastrophe" in english and refers to the expulsion of around 700,000 Palestinians from their homes in 1948. However, this is not just an incident in the past, Palestinians are still being driven out from their homes.

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In 1799, Napolean Bonaparte surrounded Palestine with an aim to defeat the Ottoman empire. In addition to that, in search for allies, Bonaparte invited Jews to settle in Palestine and consider it their homeland.

However popular Bonaparte's invitation was, he was ultimately defeated, but his views weren't. Forty years later, the British revived this idea of a Jewish homeland. In 1936, Palestinians rejected this movement and held a nation-wide strike against it but the British responded with force and death. According to Al-Jazeera, 1,000 Palestinians, 37 British military police and 69 Jews had died as a result. 

In 1947, The United Nations interfered with this conflict and divided Palestine into an Arab state and a Jewish state (Israel). Later on, the Jewish state (Israel) initiated more mass killings of Palestinians.

Many Palestinians have since become refugees and live under inhumane conditions. The brutal mass killings of Palestinians exist till today, while they demand their right of land back. However, not all Jews agree with Israel's tactics. In fact, many stand in solidarity with the Palestinians in protests.


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