63 Years of Nakba

Monday, May 16, 2011

'Youm an-Nakba' 
(Day of Catastrophe)
An annual day of commemoration for the Palestinian people of the displacement that accompanied the creation of Israel in 1948

Today marks the 63rd year of the illegal occupation of Palestine. It breaks my heart to see innocent civilians are still the victims of this crime. When will the suffering end for both Palestinians and Israelis who are caught in the middle of this war between the Israeli government and the Palestinian people? How many more will have to die before a real resolution is constructed? Why aren't the Arab nations united? So many questions run through my mind.

Today we saw uprisings by hundreds of Palestinians living in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. So far 13 people were reported killed by Israeli troops during the protests. Although Nakba is officially commemorated on the 15th of May every year the reality is everyday is Nakba for Palestinians. All we can do is watch in disbelief.

But some choose to get creative like the mysteriously famous graffiti artist, only known as Banksy, who went to Palestine in 2005 to make a rather unique political statement.

Although the paintings themselves are not overtly political, his feelings about the wall are apparent from his statement: "The Israeli government is building a wall surrounding the occupied Palestinian territories. It stands three times the height of the Berlin Wall and will eventually run for over 700km - the distance from London to Zurich. The wall is illegal under international law and essentially turns Palestine into the world's largest open prison."
{Source: The Guardian}





6 comments:

Maria Elena (Zarul) said...

always teaching me something new, you do.
=)
may Allah protect our brothers and sisters, and may them be united one day..

Daughter said...

Mashallah, may Allah bless you for being such a good writer and for using ur skills in Allah's cause. I enjoy reading what you wrote because they give something to ponder on and inshallah deeepen my eman. I pray for your, your family and fellow readers many blessings and enlightenment. inshallah. :)

hijabi hippie hypo said...

Great post, I heart Banksy :) May Allah relieve the pain of the Palestinian people, it's so sad.

RS said...

one day the innocent and guilty will receive justice. one day. InsyaAllah, it will come.

I love those graffiti's though! very smart and have a powerful meaning behind it.

Shahirah Elaiza said...

Maria: We all learn something new from each other everyday =) Ameen to your dua.

Daughter: JazakaAllah khair for your thoughtful comment. InshaAllah the same for you as well =)

hijabi hippie hypo: I didn't know about Banksy until I watched a documentary by him recently - Exit Through the Gift Shop =)

RS: InshaAllah, there is no doubt that He will reward those who have been oppressed with justice and Paradise.

"It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces Towards east or West; but it is righteousness- to believe in God and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfil the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the God-fearing."
(Surah Al Baqarah: 177)

"And be steadfast in patience: For verily Allah will not suffer The reward of the righteous To perish."
(Surah Hud: 115)

yatie chomeyl said...

I link this entry in my latest entry.

http://yatiechomeyl.blogspot.com/2011/05/palestine-or-israel.html

Thanks for sharing this lovely entry with all of us.