Palestinians across the Middle East mark the anniversary of the fall of the Ottoman Empire

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For Palestinians, that displacement has renewed painful memories of mass expulsion from what is now Israel in the war surrounding the country’s creation in 1948.
Palestinians across the Middle East on Wednesday were marking the 76th anniversary of that event.
The latest war began on Oct. 7 with Hamas’ rampage across southern Israel, through some of the same areas where Palestinians fled from their villages decades earlier.
Gaza’s Health Ministry says over 35,000 Palestinians have been killed, without distinguishing between civilians and combatants in its count.
Gallant said not doing so would produce a reality where Israel could again exert civilian control over the Gaza Strip, which he said he opposed.
Israel withdrew troops and settlers from the territory in 2005 after capturing it in the 1967 Mideast war.
AP AUDIO: Palestinians across the Middle East mark their original ‘catastrophe’ with eyes on the war in Gaza AP correspondent Ben Thomas reports the Biden administration is said to be sending more weapons and ammunition to Israel.
“What harm did these children do to get killed like this?” ___ Sewell reported from Beirut and Shurafa from Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip.


JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deflected criticism on Wednesday, stating that it is impossible to prepare for any eventuality in the beleaguered Palestinian enclave until Hamas is vanquished. Netanyahu was accused of not making plans for a postwar reality in the Gaza Strip.

Pressure to present a plan for Gaza’s governance, security, and reconstruction has grown from both domestic critics and foreign allies, particularly the United States.

In addition to rejecting a role for the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority, he has indicated that Israel wants to retain unrestricted control over security matters. This stance is at odds with the Biden administration’s vision, which calls for Palestinian government in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank as a prelude to Palestinian statehood.

Discussions concerning a postwar vision for Gaza are taking place in the context of renewed fighting in areas that Israel claimed to have under control during the war’s early stages and in Rafah, the southernmost city of Gaza, which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of people fleeing.

The displacement of Palestinians has brought back painful memories of their mass expulsion from what is now Israel during the war that preceded the establishment of the nation in 1948. On Wednesday, Palestinians all throughout the Middle East commemorated the event’s 76th anniversary.

October marked the start of the most recent war. 7 with Hamas’s onslaught throughout southern Israel, passing through some of the same regions where Palestinians had fled their towns decades prior. Around 1200 people, primarily civilians, were killed by Palestinian militants that day, and 250 more were kidnapped.

About 80% of Gaza’s population has been forced to flee their homes as a result of Israel’s brutal response, which has destroyed entire neighborhoods. Without making a distinction between combatants and civilians in its tally, Gaza’s Health Ministry reports that over 35,000 Palestinians have died. The U.S. N. says that there is “full-blown famine” in northern Gaza and that there is widespread hunger. “.


Reorganization by Hamas appears to be the cause of the recent increase in rocket fire from Gaza toward Israel and the resumption of fighting in areas where Israel’s military had substantially established control. This has led to criticism in Israel that Netanyahu is wasting military gains in Gaza by failing to develop a postwar plan for the region.

According to Netanyahu, Israel has been attempting for months to resolve “this complex problem,” but a postwar strategy could not be advanced as long as Hamas remains in power. He said that Israel had made an unsubstantiated attempt to recruit local Palestinians to help with food distribution, but the endeavor had failed due to Hamas’s threats.

“As long as Hamas remains intact, all the talk about ‘the day after’ will remain empty words,” Netanyahu declared.

Top Cabinet officials don’t agree. Netanyahu’s defense minister escalated the criticism in a nationally televised statement on Wednesday, stating that he had urged the Cabinet to decide on a postwar plan for Gaza that would see the establishment of a new civilian leadership for the Palestinian people. The government has declined to address the matter, according to Yoav Gallant, one of the three members of the War Cabinet.

Not doing so, according to Gallant, would result in a situation where Israel could once more exercise civilian rule over the Gaza Strip, something he said he disagreed with. After taking control of the region during the 1967 Mideast War, Israel removed its settlers and troops from it in 2005.

“I call on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make a decision and declare that Israel will not establish civilian control over the Gaza Strip, that Israel will not establish military governance in the Gaza Strip and that a governing alternative to Hamas in the Gaza Strip will be advanced immediately,” he said, suggesting Netanyahu’s decision-making was based on political considerations.

This past week, U. s. In some of his harshest public criticisms, Secretary of State Antony Blinken also chastised Israel for lacking a plan.

Israel and the U.S. are at odds more frequently in public due to disagreements over Gaza’s future. s. , the closest ally. The ‘U. s. has voiced opposition to Israel’s planned invasion of Rafah, which it views as vital to defeating Hamas but where more than half of Gaza’s 2 million residents have taken refuge.

After beginning operations in Rafah last week, Israeli forces advanced into the city’s eastern neighborhoods and engaged Hamas fighters in combat. They also took control of the nearby crossing into Egypt. The incursion has already caused chaos, even though it is still less than the full-scale invasion that Israel has threatened.

The United Nations reported on Wednesday that about 600,000 people had left Rafah as Israeli forces had advanced into the city during the previous week. An additional 100,000 people have left northern Gaza during that time due to Israeli military incursions.


The 700,000 Palestinians who left or were driven out of what is now Israel before and during the 1948 war that surrounded its creation, in which five Arab nations attacked the fledgling state, are known as the Nakba, which is Arabic for “catastrophe.”.

The most recent conflict in Gaza has resulted in the displacement of over twice that number of people.

Six million people, including their descendants, are refugees. They are housed in camps that have been constructed in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. After being driven out of what is now central and southern Israel, they make up the majority of the population in Gaza.

The Palestinians claim a right of return, but Israel rejects this claim because it would probably result in a majority of Palestinians living inside Israel’s borders if it were to be fully implemented.

“We went through the Nakba more than once,” stated Umm Shadi Sheikh Khalil, who was uprooted from Gaza City and is currently residing in a tent in the town of Deir al-Balah in the center of the Gaza Strip.

Amina Taher recalled the day her family’s home in the village of Deir al-Qassi, in what is now northern Israel, collapsed over their heads following an Israeli military shelling in 1948 while speaking at an elder center for Shatila refugee camp in Beirut. She said that the house was next to a school that was utilized as a base by Palestinian fighters.

AP Audio: As they commemorate their first “catastrophe,” Palestinians throughout the Middle East look to the Gaza War.

According to AP correspondent Ben Thomas, the Biden administration is reportedly arming and munishing Israel with additional weaponry.

Her 1-year-old sister was killed, but Taher, who was 3 at the time, was rescued from the debris unscathed. She has now witnessed the same scenes in Gaza news reports.

“I used to have mental breakdowns when I watched the news because I would remember the day the house collapsed on me,” the woman claimed. “What wrongdoing did these kids commit in order to die in this way?”


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