Tomorrow marks the 64th anniversary of Al Nakba, the Palestinian Catastrophe of 1948. It is a day each year that Palestinians remember the calamity which befell them in order for the State of Israel to be born. The original 800,000 or so Palestinians who fled their homes in fear have now multiplied tenfold. There are over five million registered Palestinian refugees living in camps in Palestine and neighboring Arab countries. And every year, they remember their homes, their lands, and their lost lives to which they still long to return.
Israel’s crooked strategy to pre-empt the standing claim of the Palestinian refugees to return to their original homeland from which they were ethnically cleansed 65 years ago, or accept just compensation in case they choose not to, is by no means new. Although the Palestinian refugees’ right of return is guaranteed by international law, Israeli leaders, since the creation of the state, have been pressing the claim that there are Jewish refugees as well, and that applies to those who left their property in most Arab states and migrated to Israel.