Friday, 31 May 2013

1948 Palestinian Mass Grave discovered in Jaffa

This verbatim article was originally released by Press TV and is worth a read. Its a continution of the previous post on the 65th Anniversary of the Nakba or Israel's independence Day. While the massacre at Deir Yassin is well know the new finding of the mass graves in Jaffa brings to light unknown or non recorded massacres carried out by pre-Israeli forces in 1948.Palestinian mass Graves founded in Jaffa 
Mass graves from 1948 war discovered in Jaffa
The skeletons of Palestinians buried in a mass grave in Tel Aviv’s Jaffa district
The skeletons of Palestinians buried in a mass grave in Tel Aviv’s Jaffa district
Sat Jun 1, 2013 1:50AM GMT

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The remains of hundreds of Palestinians killed in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War have been discovered in six mass grave sites in a Muslim cemetery in Tel Aviv’s Jaffa district.

An official of the Kazkhana cemetery said on Friday that the gruesome finding took place on May 29, when the ground caved in as workers carried out renovations.

Eighty-year-old Atar Zeinab said that as a teenager he helped collect the bodies of people killed during the final months of fighting in 1948 and brought them for hurried burials in the graveyard.

"I carried to the cemetery 60 bodies during a period of three or four months," he stated. "We used to find the people in the street and most of the time we didn't know who they were."

Due to the danger of being hit by flying bullets or grenade shrapnel, bodies were dumped one on top of the other in family crypts in the cemetery, contrary to Muslim custom, Zeinab added.

"We carried them early in the morning or in the night," he said. "We put women, children, and men in the same place… nobody prayed for these people."

The al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage stated that the new discoveries are the remains of people killed during the expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland and the establishment of Israel 65 years ago.

They were killed in the shelling of residential neighborhoods or by snipers located around Jaffa.

Jaffa used to be a Palestinian town. However, it was expropriate, and its Arab population was expelled en masse when the town fell to the Israeli army and militiamen in 1948. It was incorporated into the city of Tel Aviv in 1950.

Palestinians refer to the May 15, 1948 occupation of Palestine as the Nakba Day, which means the Day of the Catastrophe in Arabic, to solemnly commemorate the expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homeland in 1948.

Israeli forces have wiped nearly 500 Palestinian villages and towns off the map, leaving an estimated total of 4.7 million Palestinian refugees hoping for an eventual return to their homeland more than six decades later.

Since 1948, the Israeli regime has denied Palestinian refugees the right of return, despite United Nations resolutions and international laws that uphold the people’s right to return to their homeland.


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

65th Anniversary of Al Nakba in Palestine: 65 years without going home

Palestinians Mark 65th years of Al Nakba (Catastrophic)
In Israel it is the 65th independence day

Nakba in Turkish

65 anos de la Nakba en Palestina (Espanol/Spanish)

New Report challenges Israel's "Divine right" to Jewish only claims to the land

Israel's Narrative of Control

Reasons for Palestinians to be hopeful on Nakba Day 2013

Al Nakba Series: Watch Here

Palestinians commorates Nakba Day in Occupied West Bank

The Last of the Semites

Israel's insistence that it represents all the world's Jews may itself be anti Semitic

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Another shooting in the US and bombing in Turkey

Breaking News from New Orleans: 19 shot and wounded at Mother's Day Parade

On what is generally a peaceful day and celebration of mothers, on May 12 Mothers' Day in New Orleans, Louisiana 19 people suffered gunshot wounds including children after three unidentified suspects opened fire at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans. Two children were wounded but are stable while three were in serious condition. No one was fatally shot. Family parades no matter if it is for mothers and children are seen as places of peace and security by parents, places where their children both young and teens can feel secure. What is surprising about this latest shooting is the larger news channels as CNN or MSNBC's delayed reaction when the shooting first occurred  New Orleans has witnessed numerous shootings of men, women and children for over a decade both before and after Katrina. The previous violence and shootings from gunmen makes the shooting more tragic and an urgent need to address the reoccurring gun violence (and terrorism) not only in New Orleans but across the country. On the same day on the border of Turkey and Syria two large car bombs killed 45 people in the border town of Reyhanli, Turkey to both countries' citizens' shock and horror.

Guns and terrorism making US an unsafe security state and country
19 shot at Mother's Day event:
Mother's Day shooter identified by New Orleans Police

40+ killed in Turkey bombing

Turkey blames Syrian intelligence on bombings

Trading blame for bombings: Turkey calls out Syria as a suspect
Turkey won't act on Syria without US' blessing