The U.S. government has announced it will relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem on May 14, to “coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary.” While the United States is “excited about taking this historic step,” as the official statement proclaims, the intended date coincides with the annual commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba.
The Nakba, which is Arabic for disaster, primarily refers to the violent events in 1948, when Zionist terrorist and paramilitary groups expelled between 750,000 and 1,000,000 Palestinians from their homeland, and conducted dozens of massacres against the native population. Israel’s so-called independence day is viewed by Palestinians as a celebration of this ethnic cleansing, and an attempt to erase their history and memory. Recognizing this reality, Israel has criminalized commemorations of the Nakba.
While the Nakba continues to be perpetuated through Israel’s ongoing settler-colonialism and atrocities, May 15 remains an important day of mourning worldwide for Palestinians.
Following the United States’s announcement in December 2017 that it would relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, contravening international consensus and breaching UN Resolutions, many believed a move would take years. But, now, the United States has revealed its plans. The embassy will operate from the building currently hosting the U.S. consulate general in Jerusalem until a new building is completed. Zionist fanatic and billionaire U.S. businessman Sheldon Adelson has offered to help fund construction.
Given unconditional U.S. support for Israel, as well as the Trump clan’s personal ties to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the new announcement is not surprising. The desire to celebrate this move on Israel’s “independence day,” however, represents an ongoing trauma for Palestinians.
Since the U.S. announcements regarding the embassy move, Palestinian officials have voiced their protest against the U.S. government’s plan. The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates described the decision as a “direct aggression against the Palestinian people and their just and legitimate national rights, while at the same time rewarding the occupation for its violations and crimes, especially as it coincides with the anniversary of the Nakba that afflicted the Palestinian people and is still ongoing, and encouraging it to continue to destroy any chance for peace based on a two-state solution.”
On May 15, the displacement of the Palestinians will enter its eighth decade. One can assume that when the move happens the day earlier, Palestinians will protest the unjust act alongside commemorating the Nakba. They will probably again be silenced violently, and some will likely be killed by Israeli occupation forces. Various Arab and non-Arab governments will formally voice their discomfort, reluctantly declare their commitment to the long exhausted liberal Zionist lie of a “two-state-solution,” and will provide lip service to Palestinian liberation.
The U.S. government’s decision to open its new embassy not only in the proclaimed capital of the Palestinian people, but also on the very day that symbolizes their expulsion, once again displays how U.S. Zionist interference is furthering Palestinian oppression.