National Post | Full Comment

This week the Israeli public celebrates another anniversary of its fulfillment of its statehood in 1948. For Palestinians, this week also marks another year of remembering the loss of our ancestral homeland and the dispersal of 726,000 indigenous Christian and Muslim Palestinians who fled the war or were expelled from Mandate Palestine in 1948.

In the wake of this displacement, more than 418 Palestinian villages were razed to the ground. Many Israeli towns and cities were built atop this existing foundation. Nearly all Palestinian property was confiscated by the nascent State of Israel. In 1952, when Israel’s parliament passed its nationality law, Palestinian refugees were denied the option of citizenship in the new state. The expulsion of Palestinians and the subsequent measures to render the displacement permanent were taken in contravention of international law.

View original post 599 more words