by Ameen Izzadeen
Abandoned by Arab regimes and vilified by the pro-Zionist world media, the people of Palestine continue to suffer a fate that has no parallel in history if the suffering is measured in terms of time.
The persecution of the Jews – the Holocaust – during World War II was over in six and a half years. It began with Kristallnacht, state sponsored anti-Jewish riots during the nights of November 9 and 10, 1938 in Germany and Austria and ended in early 1945 with the liberation of the Jews from Auschwitz and other concentration camps. But the persecution of the Palestinians has continued for more than seven decades with no signs of peace or Israeli withdrawal from occupied Palestine on the horizon.
Every year, the day after Israel celebrates its Independence, the Palestinians mourn an-Nakba, meaning the Catastrophe, an event that marked the massacre of hundreds of people and ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs in April-May 1948.
One Palestinian village that was ethnically cleansed was Dier Yassin. Just before dawn on April 9, 1948, armed members of the Zionist terror groups Irgun and Stern Gang raided Dier Yassin, a village that lay outside the area allocated by the United Nations to Israel. They told them that they either leave the villages or face death. When the Palestinians defied their orders, more than 100 of them were lined up and gunned down, just as ISIS does to people who defy its orders. Blood and brutality flowed in the land of peacemakers instead of milk and honey. Little is spoken about Nakba in the Western media, though they give wide coverage to stories about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. A classic example is the ongoing media debate over remarks ex-London Mayor Ken Livingstone made, calling Adolf Hitler a Zionist.
Nakba is the Palestinian equivalent of the Holocaust. But sadly Nakba does not evoke sympathy the way the holocaust does. Renowned British historian Arnold J. Toynbee said: “The treatment of the Palestinian Arabs in 1947 (and 1948) was as morally indefensible as the slaughter of six million Jews by the Nazis. Though not comparable in quantity to the crimes of the Nazis, it was comparable in quality.”