15 May 2007

Memory Matters - 'Nakba Day'

Why do some people have the power to remember, while others are asked to forget? That question is especially poignant at this time of year, as we move from Holocaust Remembrance day in early spring to Monday's anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence on May 14, 1948.

In the months surrounding that date, Jewish forces expelled, or intimidated into flight, an estimated 750,000 Palestinians. A living, breathing, society that had existed in Palestine for centuries was smashed and fragmented, and a new society built on its ruins. [...]

As Israeli journalist Amira Hass recently observed: "Turning the Holocaust into a political asset serves Israel primarily in its fight against the Palestinians. When the Holocaust is on one side of the scale, along with the guilty (and rightly so) conscience of the West, the dispossession of the Palestinian people from their homeland in 1948 is minimized and blurred."

What this demonstrates is that memory is not just an idle capacity. Rather, who can remember, and who can be made to forget, is, fundamentally, an expression of power. [...]
- Prof George Bisharat: "For Palestinians, memory matters It provides a blueprint for their future"


Blacksmith Jade said...

Well put!

Sophia said...

Hi Moussa,
I believe things will not move in a radical way in Lebanon in the near future. We are going to have a war on Iran and the neocons are really focused on this war right now. With Sarkozy's election in France the certainty of the war has increased. Sarkozy is going to play in the Iran war a second fiddle to the US as Tony Blair did for the Iraq war. I don't know which form this war would take but all I am sure of is that it is going to happen.

Always another Naqba in the ME in order to cover for the first one, the Palestinian Naqba.u


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