Naksa day or another bloody Sunday!
The Israeli occupation army killed at least 23 people, including woman and a 12-year-old boy, and wounded more than 350 after Israeli forces opened fire along the frontier to disperse pro-Palestinian demonstrators attempting to enter the Israel-occupied portion of the Syrian Golan Heights.
The deaths occurred as the protesters marching from the Golan Heights approached the Israel-occupied area on Sunday. The day is observed as “Naksa Day” or “Day of Defeat” by many, marking the 44th anniversary of the 1967 war, when Israel occupied the Syrian Golan Heights, East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.
Protesters waved Palestinian flags and threw rocks and rubbish over the fence.
Protesters, eventually managed to cut through coils of barbed wire marking the frontier, entering a buffer zone and crawling towards a second fence guarded by Israeli troops. At this moment the Israeli soldiers began shooting directly at the protesters.
Sunday’s protests were designed to draw attention to the plight of Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their homes in Israeli wars of aggressions in 1948 and 1967.
Now, around half a million Palestinian refugees live across 13 camps in Syria.
The US state department expressed its concern over the clashes, saying: “We are deeply troubled by events that took place earlier today in the Golan Heights resulting in injuries and the loss of life, while calling for all sides to exercise restraint. Provocative actions like this should be avoided.”
In addition to this the US emphasised that Israel, like any sovereign nation, has a right to defend itself.
Meanwhile in the occupied West Bank, clashes broke out at the main crossing into Jerusalem as several hundred Palestinian young people tried to approach the checkpoint. According to Palestinian sources, in the refugee camp of Qalandia, near Jerusalem and Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, at least 90 protesters were injured as members of the Israeli Occupation Force tried to storm the camp. The sources also claimed that Israeli soldiers were using special bullets and tear gas to stop the demonstrations.
Demonstrations were organised against the Israeli occupation, settlements and apartheid walls were conducted in the West Bank villages of Bil’in, Na’alin, Nabi Saleh, al Masara and Beit Ummar. In Budrus a demonstration was held against an Israeli quarry located on land of Palestinian villages.
In Bil’in, demonstrators carried two huge maps of Palestine that noted the Palestinian land lost in 1948 and 1967. Israeli soldiers shot tear gas and skunk water at the protestors when they reached the Apartheid Wall.
Tear gas canisters resulted in the setting of several small fires and burning of numerous olive trees. Soldiers continued shooting toward the olive groves with the goal of setting trees on fire, even after the demonstration ended and protesters returned to the village.
In the weekly demonstration against the occupation and settlements in the Ramallah-area village of Nabi Saleh, some 60 Palestinians, Israelis and international activists took part. The army blocked the village entrances and exits already several hours before the demonstration began.
In Lebanon as well, Palestinian refugees demonstrated for the 44th anniversary of the Naksa. In the 12 Palestinian camps, shops were closed and black flags were hung in mourning, especially in the camp of Ain el-Helou, where Palestinians marched, denouncing “Israeli crimes” and calling on Arab nations join the struggle to reclaim the land of Palestine.
The Lebanese army, meanwhile, has strengthened its presence around the camps, especially in the South where dams were installed on the road to the border.
The Lebanese authorities had actually expressed their determination to prevent any march to the border with Israel. Lebanese officials have held meetings with Palestinian leaders to encourage them to cancel moves to repeat the protests to Israel’s borders that occurred on Nakba Day this year and left 16 protesters dead.
The Palestinian refugees, after the cancellation of the march of the Naksa”, nevertheless held sit-ins and marches in the refugee camps, chanting that the time of defeats “was over» and that the Palestinian people was “ready to achieve their dream of the right of return»
Palestinian organizations in Lebanon called for a day of anger and protest on Monday in all refugee camps in Lebanon to protest against the “massacres” committed by the Israelis on the Golan Heights.
In Jordan, Hundreds of people participated in a march that started at the Hanbali mosque after the Friday prayers towards the Ras Al-Ain district to mark the Naksa day.
Participants in the march,that was organised by opposition parties carried placards that condemned occupation and the Wadi Araba peace agreement between Jordan and the Israeli occupation. They also carried placards reaffirming the right of return of Palestinian refugees and rejecting the notion of an alternative home in Jordan for those refugees.
“People want the cancelation of Wadi Araba accord,” participants chanted “People want to cleanse Rabia,” in reference to the Amman neighbourhood were the Israeli occupation embassy stands.
In Egypt, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) have restricted Palestinian use of the Rafah crossing to enter Gaza, after announcing the total opening of it last week.
Palestinian officials said the movement was one-way only and hundreds of would-be travellers out of the coastal strip had been turned back and told to move away from the frontier fence.
Tensions over conditions at the Rafah terminal have been building since Hamas accused Egypt this week of placing limits on the number of people allowed through. Hamas border officials said Egypt had set a maximum of 350 Gaza residents to be granted entry each day.
Palestinians are determined to reclaim and achieve all their rights from the occupied territories to the 48 territories, in the Diaspora and in the refugee camps throughout the regions. The right of return being one of the most important right for the Palestinians, actually 7.1 million on a total of 10.6 millions Palestinians, which is about 67% of the Palestinian population, are refugees. Palestinians have the right to come back to their original home in historic Palestine as recognized by International Law and UN resolution 192.
These movements are direct consequences of the Revolutions and the popular uprisings in the region. The liberation of the Arab people from their authoritarian and repressive regimes is definitely a step forward and closer for the achievement of the full rights of the Palestinians. This is why need to support the revolutionary process in each country in the region and make these revolutions permanent. This will lead to a region free of Imperialism and to realize the dream of a free Palestine.
Viva the Permanent Revolution! Viva Palestine!