To commemorate the Palestinian Nakbe, which roughly translates to the ‘catastrophe’, when the British Mandate ended in Palestine on the 5th of May 1948, subjecting the Palestinians to violently brutal ethnic cleansing at the hands of the Zionist factions, Za3tar has called for a Blog about Palestine day (akin to the successful Blog about Jordan Day), and is being supported by Qwaider.
A fantastic iniative and I plan on contributing. I also think we should all contact our local news agencies to inform them of this, and ask them to cover it.
I have already emailed the BBC (hey, if they agree to it, anyone will!):
As you are aware this is the 60th year since the invasion and subsequent ethnic cleansing of Palestine of its native inhabitants. As you are also aware the injustices against the Palestinian people continue to this day. There is an estimated 4 million Palestinian refugees, a man-made man-supported humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and a similar situation in the West Bank.
To commemorate this, the blogosphere has dedicated the 15th of May 2008 to a ‘Blog about Palestine’ day, in which bloggers write a post about palestine. This initiative is a follow on from a Blog about Jordan day (BAJD), by the blog aggregator Qwaider Planet, who is also supporting the Blog about Palestine day. The BAJD was a major success, with nearly 60 entries and a feature on Jordanian Radio.
I expect the Blog about Palestine day to be even bigger, and considering the seriousness of the situation Palestinians face everywhere not only important to report on but also interesting. Most of the bloggers will be Palestinians in exile, who have other forms of citizenships and allegiances to Palestine as well as some other country. This will be a great opportunity to gain insight on the mind set of refugees, which palestinians epitomise, being the oldest refugee ‘problem’ today.
I hope that you will take this request to report on the story seriously and will look forward to an in depth coverage.
Israel is holding 60th B-day (I know, sick isnt it?) here in the UK, so we MUST make sure that people hear from the Palestinians, and from the supporters of the Palestinian issue.