Nakba Day

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  • Israeli colonial projects in West Bank and Jerusalem 2020-06-14 18:28

    Israeli colonial projects in West Bank and Jerusalem

    Israel has its roots in a colonial project that has modernized its face but continues to subject Palestinians to military occupation, land dispossession and unequal rights. 72 years after its establishment, the wounds of the Nakba are still open, as Israel prohibits over five million refugees the right of return - while guaranteeing citizenship to anyone who can demonstrate Jewish ancestry. According to Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, the forced displacement of Palestinians amounts to ethnic cleansing. “The tale of Palestine from the beginning until today is a simple story of colonialism and dispossession, yet the world treats it as a multifaceted and complex story — hard to understand and even harder to solve”, affirms Pappe in the 2015 book On Palestine, co-written with American scholar Noam Chomsky. The treaties partitioned the West Bank into three areas: Area A under Palestinian Authority (PA) control, Area B under joint Israeli-Palestinian administration, and area C, run by Israel. The accords, which should have paved the way for the creation of a Palestinian state, instead led to increased Israeli presence in the territory through the expansion of Zionist settlements.  Scholar Edward Said has pointed out that Palestinian leaders had effectively given up the right to self-determination in most of the West Bank’s territory in exchange for Israel’s acknowledgement of the PA, and referred to the agreement as “an instrument of Palestinian surrender, a Palestinian Versailles”. Oslo’s failure is particularly evident in area C, a scarcely populated district comprising more than 60% of the West Bank and most of the territory’s natural resources, where Israel retains exclusive control over law enforcement, planning, and construction. Moreover, Israeli forces are in charge of all borders within and around the West Bank. These arrangements, which have been repeatedly condemned as attempts to de facto annex area C, begin to scratch the surface of what the Israeli occupation looks like today.

  • President of the Council for the National Interest Alison Weir 2020-05-19 11:40

    By Payman Yazdani

    US forced by Zionism lobby to assist in establishing Israel despite its will

    TEHRAN– In an interview with Mehr News agency, American thinker Alison Weir said that despite the US officials and nation will, the US was forced to assist in establishing Israel due to pressure of the Zionism lobby.

  • Nakba Day 2020-05-15 22:19

    World must stand up for Palestinians’ rights: Iran

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Foreign Ministry has urged the world to stand up for the Palestinians’ rights.

  • Head of Tehran Jewish Association Homayoun Sameyeh 2020-05-15 12:23

    By Morteza Rahmani

    Zionists in isolation after seven decades

    TEHRAN – Head of Tehran Jewish Association Homayoun Sameyeh says the Zionist regime, despite all its struggles and the supports by some western countries, has not been able to find a fixed global position since its forcible establishment 72 years ago.

  • Firas Al Najim 2020-05-15 11:51

    By Mohammad Ali Haqshenas

    Zionist regime coming close to its end: human rights activist

    TEHRAN – A human rights activist believes that the Zionist regime is coming close to its final day as the world is becoming more aware of the nature of the regime.  

  • stephen Lendman 2020-05-15 11:45

    By Zahra Mirzafarjouyan

    Establishment of Jewish state Western plot to control over region's oil reserves: US analyst

    TEHRAN – An American analyst believes that the establishment of the Jewish state was a Western plot to extend its influence in a part of the world not its own, wanting control over the region’s vast oil reserves.

  • مهدی عزیزی 2020-05-13 22:57

    By Mehdi Azizi

    72 years of misery: History and identity cannot be built like settlements

    TEHRAN – Palestinian will always remember May 14, 1948, which they refer to as Nakba Day (Day of Misery).

  • Miko Peled 2020-05-13 21:53

    Israel: A utopian image or merely a mirage?

    TEHRAN – While the founders of Israel had envisioned a utopia for Israeli settlers, now after 72 years, it has brought no freedom or justice to anyone except for some Zionist Jews and been involved in genocide and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians an Israeli-American activist and author tells the Tehran Times.