It was 40 years ago this month, when another black day is marked on the Arab History calendar. It was 40 years ago when millions of Arabs were kicked out of their homes to be replaced by Jews from all over the world. It was 40 sorry years ago, when the Arab conscience was shaken so badly, it has refused to wake up.
And to this day, millions of Palestinians still live in squalid, crowded refugee camps and have no official identities. No UN resolution, no Arab League decision, no other human justice ever looked over the Palestinian refugee crisis. They just continue to live as refugees around the world while everyone goes home and sleeps soundly.
40 years on, Palestinians still live as refugees on their own land.
Naksa Day (6 June) (Arabic: يوم النكسة)
commemorates the Naksa ("setback"), the mass displacement and dispossession of
Palestinians during and after the 1967 Six-Day War between Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Syria. The first mass
displacement, known as the Nakba, took place
during and after the 1947-1949 Palestinian Civil War and the 1948 Arab-Israeli
War. This exodus is marked on Nakba Day.
Remember the day of the Naksa (the setback), don't let the memory of the Jewish land theft die. Don't be a nation without a memory. Palestinians have suffered, for us all.