For displaced Palestinians in Syria, Israel battle evokes Nakba and solidarity | Options

For displaced Palestinians in Syria, Israel battle evokes Nakba and solidarity | Options

Idlib, Syria – In a small home in northwestern Syria, Muhammad Haninun is glued to his cell phone, following the most recent Israeli assaults happening in Gaza.

For greater than a month, he has watched movies of the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the displacement of civilians making an attempt to flee the bombing. All of the whereas, the occasions deliver again clear recollections of what he endured 75 years in the past.

The 80-year-old can’t assist however take into consideration the similarities between what he’s seeing in Gaza and what he skilled when he and his household have been displaced in the course of the Nakba, or “disaster”, in 1948 when Israel was created and greater than 750,000 Palestinians have been forcibly uprooted from their land and 1000’s have been killed.

“The Palestinian tragedy is occurring once more,” Haninun mentioned. “The folks in Gaza are dealing with battle with out receiving any assist the identical as we did earlier than.”

Muhammad Haninun, 80, pictured together with his six-year-old grandson Mahmoud, is set to return to palestine someday [Ali Haj Suleiman/Al Jazeera]

‘A cracked report’

Since October 7, when the armed wing of the Palestinian group Hamas, breached the separation wall that surrounds Gaza and attacked southern Israel, Western nations, led by the US, hastened to sentence the motion that has been working the besieged Gaza Strip since 2006.

The condemnation was adopted by Western monetary and army assist for Israel, which has been relentlessly bombing Gaza, some of the densely populated areas on the planet, for 35 days. Since October 7, no less than 10,812 Palestinians, together with 4,412 kids, have been killed in Israeli assaults on Gaza. Greater than 1,400 folks have been killed in Israel.

Equally, in the course of the first half of the twentieth century, Britain supplied army assist within the type of safety and weapons to Zionists, inspired Jewish immigration from Europe to palestine and allowed them to displace lots of of 1000’s of Palestinians from their properties as they constructed a brand new state for themselves.

In November 1948, Israelis used plane to bomb the northern village of Tarshiha within the countryside of Acre, destroying three homes – together with Haninun’s household house – and killing seven of his kin.

“Earlier than that, we had evacuated our properties a number of instances for 2 or three days and returned. We didn’t take something,” he recalled. “We thought we’d return, particularly since we weren’t capable of get better the lifeless from below the rubble.”

However they by no means may.

Haninun, then 5 years previous, and 4 members of his household have been compelled to maneuver between seven cities in Lebanon and Syria earlier than they have been allowed to remain in a refugee camp in Aleppo, a “tragic” setting with a small room for every household, no kitchen, lavatory or working water and shared bogs.

He remembers Arab radio stations and governments promising Palestinians a fast return – after seven days, then after seven weeks, then after seven months, till greater than seven many years had handed.

“This cracked report has been taking part in since 1948, when folks have been fleeing from one village to a different, solely to face massacres afterwards, as a result of the enemy seen ‘others’ as animals, and killing them similar to killing cattle – and this logic continues to be the identical at the moment.”

Haninun moved to the Syrian capital, Damascus, to review historical past. After this, he labored as a trainer in Aleppo, dwelling within the camp there, till the Syrian battle compelled him to flee to Idlib in 2014. However what he nonetheless longs for is the prospect, someday, to return to palestine – and to his roots.

“There’s nonetheless hope,” Haninun mentioned. “If I die earlier than I return to palestine, I’ll inform my kids and grandchildren that you’ve a proper to that land and we’re its true homeowners.”

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Scouts collect in downtown Idlib to indicate assist for Gaza [Ali Haj Suleiman/Al Jazeera]

Strengthening the Palestinian trigger

On Thursday, the Ain Jalut Scouts and the Syrian Non-public Scouts marched by downtown Idlib, simply one of many many actions held within the space over the previous few weeks in assist of Gaza.

Ayman Muhammad, 40, a displaced Palestinian residing within the northwestern Syrian metropolis and the scout chief of the Ain Jalut group, instructed Al Jazeera that the injustice that Palestinians have endured for 75 years is the motivation for staging protests in addition to fundraising and offering assist by way of social media.

Israel’s battle on Gaza has strengthened the Palestinian trigger, Muhammad believes. “Immediately, the West and the East, from one finish to the opposite, stand with the Palestinian folks towards the aggression.”

Throughout October, main cities all over the world witnessed demonstrations with lots of of 1000’s of individuals taking part to demand a ceasefire in Gaza and freedom for palestine.

Palestinians in Idlib can’t stand by and watch, Muhammad mentioned. Regardless of the troublesome financial and safety situations in Idlib, he added, members of the Palestinian group and Syrian supporters right here have managed to gather about $400,000 in donations for Gaza.

Syrian activists additionally participated in demonstrations in assist of palestine regardless of bombing by authorities forces and Russian warplanes focusing on gatherings within the nation’s final insurgent stronghold. 

For Palestinians in northern Syria who’re dwelling by Syria’s battle, the Syrian revolution and the Palestinian trigger at the moment are inseparable, Muhammad believes. “Victory will come for each causes as a result of the fitting won’t be misplaced so long as we demand it,” he mentioned.

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Written by bourbiza mohamed

Bourbiza Mohamed is a freelance journalist and political science analyst holding a Master's degree in Political Science. Armed with a sharp pen and a discerning eye, Bourbiza Mohamed contributes to various renowned sites, delivering incisive insights on current political and social issues. His experience translates into thought-provoking articles that spur dialogue and reflection.

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