Narratives of what land means to the Palestinians

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May 4, 2019

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By Ranjan Solomon

In this issue of Palestine Updates, we bring you narratives of Palestinian farmers who speak with defiance and longing about the land they have lost. It is theirs but often stolen from under their very noses. They can gaze in gloom and hope. Many have grown old from the day they were driven from the land in the horrors of The Nakba; then the occupation. And now the Nakba grows as ethnic cleansing is pursued with impunity while the world watches in tacit acceptance of the war criminalities happen in front of our very own eyes. More land is stolen and settlements come up. We are complicit in that crime of ethnic cleansing by our hush and apathy. And yet, Palestinians will not budge from the highway of hope. Indian writer, novelist, and political commentator put it best when she argued: “The system will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability”.

Palestinian farmers are doing just this. They are asserting: “Land means life.”Despite Israel’s military superiority, they invest their hopes in the notion of justice and persistent resistance. “We need thousands of Palestinians to come here and defend this land with us,” they insist.

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