Israel continues the terror of the Nakba

Sunday 12 May 2024 – https://socialistworker.co.uk/

The descriptions of the Nakba are very similar to the reporting of Israel’s massacres today

Palestinian refugees fleeing in 1948 (Picture: Fred Csasznik)

Israel played sounds of crying babies last month to lure Palestinians to locations where they can be targeted before opening fire. This isn’t the first time Israel has done such a thing. It first happened during the Nakba of 1948, when Israel expelled nearly a million Palestinians from their homes.

This is the brutality that the creation of the state of Israel in May of 1948 was steeped in. With help from the West, the horrors of the Nakba—or catastrophe—have been repeated time and time again. The descriptions of the Nakba sound very similar to the reporting of Israel’s massacres today.

In his account of being a teenager during the Nakba, Palestinian academic Muhammed Hallaj wrote about witnessing the aftermath of a Zionist massacre in a school in Jaffa in 1948. “The children had been playing in the schoolyard during recess when the barrel of explosives was rolled out, killing and wounding many,” he wrote. “After the school bombing, I remember very clearly thinking to myself—I am going to the hospital in Jaffa to see the bodies so that I will remember. At the hospital I saw corpses of at least half a dozen children laid out on stone slabs. I don’t think any of them was more than ten years old.”

This massacre was just one of countless examples of a campaign of intentional and organised brutality the Zionists waged against the Palestinians. Israel’s first prime minister David Ben-Gurion and his government had a name for this deadly expulsion plan—Plan Dalet. After being officially adopted on 10 March 1948, Plan Dalet set out how the newly formed Israeli army and Zionist militias would force Arabs to flee their homes.

The objectives of the plan included the destruction of Palestinian villages, whether that was through setting them on fire or blowing them up with explosives.  Any resistance was to be “destroyed, and the population must be expelled outside the borders of the state”. Zionist forces cut off food, water and electricity supply lines to Palestinians and blocked roads through “barricades and minefields”.

After just a year of carrying out this plan, the Zionists seized 78 percent of all Palestinian land. In only two years they had destroyed over 400 Palestinian towns and cities.

The Israeli state bulldozed aside the United Nations (UN) plan for a shared state—and the UN did nothing to stop the Israeli regime from doing so. Israel’s victory over Arab nations during the Six-Day War in 1967 allowed the terror state to grab the land it had not snatched in 1948. After occupying East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Desert and the Golan Heights, Israel was able to establish almost complete control over the Palestinians.

The occupation, solidified by checkpoints, border walls and fences, further fragmented the Palestinians from each other in an effort to crush resistance. Racist laws back up the apartheid system to make Palestinians second class citizens, and bar the nearly six million Palestinian refugees displaced across the world from returning home.

Today the tactics used during the Nakba persist in how the Israeli state has encouraged settlers to seize land owned by Palestinians in the West Bank through force. In the last six months, the Zionist state has ramped up its backing of the settlers by handing them more weapons and military vehicles to spread terror.

And, of course, these deadly tactics are most clearly seen in how the terror state is committing genocide in Gaza with bombs, bullets and starvation tactics. The aim of the Zionist state now and the aim then has always been the same—to create an exclusively Jewish state with as few Arabs living on the land as possible.