On the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel, the people that were expelled to make way for this ethnocratic colony still resist. They call their forced removal from their homes in 1948 Al Nakba, the catastrophe that would see the original inhabitants of historical Palestine and their descendants living lives as refugees. Still holding on to their right to return, thousands have been marching to the border of Gaza with Israel since 30 March.
The Israeli Occupation Force has been raining teargas on the demonstrations and snipers have been shooting protesters with clear and deliberate intention to maim or kill. The ammunition they have been using are bullets designed to explode on impact to cause maximum injury. On Monday 14 May alone, 59 protesters were killed, including 6 children. The day’s clash was inflamed by the opening in Jerusalem of the US Embassy, a relocation from Tel Aviv that affirms Israel’s claim on Jerusalem as it’s capital city.
Justifying its genocidal attack, Israel clutches on to the idea that the Great March of Return is a march of terrorists, that Hamas even puts children in the line of fire to shame Israelis for the casualties. The cloak of terrorism that Zionists seek to hide the atrocities of the Israeli regime with has slipped down to their ankles, so low that there’s no hiding the naked racism. Because they sacrifice their children, don’t they? For unarmed Palestinians to be legitimate targets for snipers, there’s also with every shot a growing realisation – ‘incremental’ as ilan Pappe contends – that this is genocide.