As Palestinians get ready to mark their catastrophe, we are less excited about the activities as we were last year and the year before. We could draw the whole series of events of this day before they happen. Demonstrations, sit downs, words and some more words, that’s all about this day. In all innocence, a friend told me “why do you guys still commemorate “Al-Nakba”, move on!” And at that point it struck me. What the hell are we doing?
Since the day of my birth, I witnessed more than 20 Nakba commemoration. Each one of them was an exact copy of the other. I heard people arguing that it’s how we keep it alive in our minds and the minds of our children and the world. But I figured out that we’re just hiding. We hide by coming up. By demonstrating and talking, we are running away from our duties.
The Jewish around the world started marking the day of the ‘Holocaust’ after they brought those responsible to courts. Since the first day of the Holocaust, every year after they planned to make it stop. They didn’t mark it. They worked on ending it. And when it ended they started marking that day to keep it awake in the minds of their children. It worth noting here that the State of Israel does mark it for a completely different reason. They mark it as a political tool to build on their massacres without being questioned.
People marks the end of disasters not their beginnings. You celebrate the beginning of a good thing. People celebrate the day of their independence, the days of their victories. The beginnings are celebrated. But we should mark the end of a disaster.
We should stop running away from our fears. We should face our catastrophe. We should start planning on the day our Nakbeh. Start planning on how to end it. We should sit down and talk about our plans to go back home to our land. We should rally for our freedom not for our catastrophe.
Today we are just a year closer to freedom than we were last year. We’re tired of counting up years. We want to start counting down years. Let’s set down and discuss our options.