By Micah Halpern
Saturday May 16, 2009
I've Been Thinking:
The Palestinians have been commemorating the Nakba.
The Nakba refers to Israel's Independence - Palestinians mourn Israel's creation.
I have never understood why the Palestinians do not use the Arabic calendar. I have never understood why some Palestinians commemorate the Nakba on the 14th and others on the 15th when the Gregorian date for Israel's independence was May 14, 1948.
In Gaza, Hamas forbade all Fatah organizations from participating in the Nakba events. Hamas ordered the head of Fatah in Gaza not to have any of his people there. These were Hamas events, Fatah participation was not welcome.
The events of the Nakba are the centerpiece of Palestinian culture.
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