06.06.2011 4.Siwan, 5771 Tag 48 des Omer
The Naksa does not belong to the Palestinians
If the Nakba 'belongs' to the Palestinians, the Naksa belongs to the Arab countries, especially those against whom Israel fought – Egypt, Jordan and Syria.
"Don't read about our defeated generation, children / We have disappointed hope / Marginal as a watermelon rind / Worn and beaten as soles." Renowned Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani wrote these words in 1967, following the Six-Day War defeat, the "Naksa," the 44th anniversary of which the Palestinians marked yesterday.
If the Nakba "belongs" to the Palestinians, the Naksa belongs to the Arab countries, especially those against whom Israel fought – Egypt, Jordan and Syria. If the Nakba uprooted Palestinians, "the Naksa took from us the most precious thing of all. Not our land, our homes and our childrens' cradles. That June took from us our self-confidence for a few decades," Jordanian columnist Khairy Mansour lamented yesterday….