As Palestinians commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1948 Nakba, Israeli structural violence continues to reach new heights. Israeli forces are systematically targeting and killing Palestinian protesters in Gaza, who are not receiving any international support. To add insult to injury, the U.S. and Israeli administrations seized on the eve of Nakba Day, May 15, as an opportunity to celebrate the opening of the U.S. embassy in occupied and annexed Jerusalem.
The Nakba, which has continued for over 100 years, is unlikely to end any times soon, as the mere survival of the Palestinian people and their memory pose a threat to the Zionist project. In an article for the Electronic Intifada, Professor Joseph Massad elaborated on how the Nakba and Zionist settler-colonialism will develop in the future. Writing about the contemporary situation, in which Palestinians are significantly isolated, Massad wrote:
Israel aims to isolate the Palestinian survivors of the ongoing Nakba, which has continued for the past 140 years, and surround them by Arab enemies, who are now Israel’s best friends or at least are avowedly the enemies of any Palestinian who continues to resist the Nakba – this includes the Jordanian, Egyptian, Syrian and Lebanese regimes as well as all Gulf regimes (with the possible exception of Kuwait).
While liberal and neoliberal Arab and Palestinian politicians and intellectuals and the unelected Arab rulers have agreed to be part of this plan to ensure their own futurity, which is now linked to the futurity of Israel and the eternality of the Nakba, it is the rest of the Palestinian people who continue to resist and to subvert this strategy.
The ongoing Palestinian resistance to the present and future Nakba, whether in Israel, the West Bank (including Jerusalem), Gaza, or in exile, persists despite all Israel’s efforts to crush it.
Massad’s indispensable analysis of the Nakba includes an enlightening historical survey that ranges from Ottoman modernization to contemporary settler-colonialism. Read the full article here.