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On the "Nakba" anniversary: Palestinian determine on right to return

The item of "Nakba", in general, denotes to the catastrophes resulting from the natural circumstances such as earthquakes, volcanoes and hurricanes. In the Palestinian case, the "Nakba"  of Palestine is manifested in the process of an ethnic cleansing, demolition, dismissing unarmed people and replacing them with other people as a result of military schemes, the collusion of colonialist states and some Arab regimes.

The incidents of Palestine's "Nakba" and its repercussions are considered a great tragedy to the Palestinian people , in which about 800 thousand Palestinians were displaced from their villages and cities to the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Arab neighboring countries.

During the year of "Nakba" in 1948, the Zionists controlled about 774 villages and cities from about 1300 Palestinian ones spread in the historical Palestine (the area stretched between Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea) and destroyed 531 Palestinian cities and villages. The Zionist gangs also perpetrated more than 70 massacre against the Palestinian people, in which more than 15 thousand Palestinians were killed.          

In 1948, the number of Palestinian people was 1.4 million person , while now they are estimated at 11.5 million person in the whole world. This means that their number doubled 8 times since the "Nakba". 

In 1948, the number of Palestinian people who don’t leave their country was 154 thousand while now they are estimated at 1.5 million person. In 1967, the number of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories was 4.5 million person , 2.8 millions of them in the West Bank and about 1.7 millions in Gaza strip. Thus the number of the Palestinians currently resident in the historical Palestine is 6 millions and is scheduled to reach 7.2 million person by the end of 2020 if the growth rates became the same.

        The statistics of 2012 showed that the number of the refugees registered in UNRWA reached 5.1 million Palestinian refugees by the end of the year. 59.1% of the Palestinians live in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, 23.8% in Gaza Strip and 17.1% in the West Bank. About 29% of the Palestinian refugees live in 58 camps (10 camps in Jordan, 9 in Syria, 12 in Lebanon, 19 in the West Bank, 8 in Gaza strip).

These estimates represent the minimum number of the Palestinian refugees because there is unregistered ones. The aforementioned numbers don't include the Palestinians who were displaced after 1949 till 1967 and the ones who were evacuated in 1967 who were not originally refugees.

In this occasion, the Palestinian people in their homeland answered the invitation of the  Higher Follow-up Committee of the Arab People to participate in the return march which was organized by the Society of Defending the Displaced Rights on 16 April 2013 to a destroyed village south Haifa and which became a yearly occasion occurred under the logo of " the day of their independence is the day of our Nakba".

The Society of Defending the Displaced rights issued a statement affirming that the right to return is an unchangeable holy right.    

In all Diaspora (Shatat) areas, the Palestinian people this year  organize different activities to celebrate the "Nakba" anniversary in which they will express their adherence to their homeland and their cause in addition to their determination to apply the right to return.

Written by: I.Abdulkarim 

The Syrian Media : Uncovering Facts Not Misleading

Media freedom, which could be called proliferation freedom due to the spread of the power of technology, has made the world as an electronic global village. "The evolution of the media in the world made us realize and know what is going on in New York and elsewhere without knowing what is going on in the neighboring apartment,"   said Clovis Maksoud, the known political thinker.

Syria, which is exposed to a very brutal and ferocity media campaign led by strong and high-impact media satellite channels keeps the national media steady, because it says truth without exaggeration. It is also considered as a solid soldier who is defending Syria in particular and the Arab nation in general in terms of language, culture and civilization. The national media is proud of its identity that uncovers falsification.

Media system in Syria is a tightly weaved shield in defending the Arab nation's character and fortifying its culture. It is an integral part of Syrian policy which calls for Arab solidarity. It is also a format or a style of work which begins to remove all causes of tension and estrangement between the sons of the Arab nation.

Despite the media attack's severity which targets Syria, the national media did not give up its pan-Arab  nature where there is no difference between the pan-Arab and national media.

The Syrian media is a resistive national and nationalist one which is committed to moral, professional Arab honor, the Syrian media isn't  dragged behind marginal media battles where the enemies of the nation are considered the only beneficiary  of misleading campaign.

The Arab Nation has been known throughout its prosperous history by openness to other cultures.

Where integration between our culture and those cultures  produced  great  intellectual legacy to extend its shadows on all humanity.

The Syrian Arab media which carried on its shoulders the burden of defending the interests of the Arab nation does not  complain about the weight of this burden, it will not forget that Syria was and will remain the beating heart of Arabism which will not back down from its decision as to make Media for conveying the facts not for misleading.

Feras  al-Taleb

Translated & edited by : H.SH

Coward and Dirty Aggression

Undoubtedly , we did not need  an Israeli aggression on our land  to prove to the whole world that Israel  has a great role in the tow-year crisis in Syria. Israel and in  coordination with all parties involved in the conspiracy against Syria, particularly the US and Qatar, tried to save what can be saved from the terrorist militants who started asking for help in front of  the brave Syrian Army.

 Hence, there is nothing  more worthy of Israel to execute such a coward  and dirty aggression as to satisfy all these parties, which paid large amounts of money and brought numbers of armed mercenaries from all countries aiming to  topple Syria. 

On the other hand, it is not surprising from Qatar, that has the first Israeli commercial  representative office in Doha, to conspire obviously  against the Syrian people , the Palestinian Cause and the Arab Nation. 

But the most surprising thing  is what  one of  Istanbul's opposition  commented  on the Israeli aggression : "The Syrian people were so  happy with  Israeli aggression on Syria". This person is directly linked to America, and permitted himself  to  speak on behalf of the Syrian people!


Another mercenary living in  the most luxurious hotel  in Paris said when the TV presenter asked him: "If Syria has responded to the attack that happened recently in  Jamraya , Damascus Countryside, in any trench you will be?" he hesitated before answering that  Israel did not strike Syria, on the contrary it targeted Iranian weapons – supposedly- to be sent to Hezbollah.

It's actually a paradox  that the views of Washington , Tel Aviv,  Gulf states and other regional countries, are coinciding  with the statements of those opposition figures. They are but tools to conspire  against Syria, whose hero army accomplished  great  victories on the ground. 

Ahmad Orabi  Baaj

Edited& Translated: M. Wassouf

‘’ I Don’t Believe This Is Syria’’

A phrase heard so often in Syria nowadays from Syrians coming from all walks of life. The way their country has changed in so many aspects in the past two years, has caused many Syrians to think that they are living a horror film with many parts -  each part getting more horrific than the part before.

In the past, Syria rated as one of the top ten countries in security. No one thought much about it because security was there – enjoyed and never fully appreciated by everyone. Now, Syria definitely has no rating in the top ten countries.

From one of the most secure countries in the world, Syria has become an open battleground for armed groups fighting the government – a place rife with kidnappings and theft. Certain areas of Syria are no longer under government control-but temporarily- and they are the areas hit worse, where the residents are under the cruelty of armed men – men whose ability to control is out of control!

In the early hours of the morning of Sunday 5th of May Israel did what it is good at ! It violated the sovereignty of Syria – unleashing deadly weapons- causing huge destruction and death. It jolted the residents of Syria out of their slumber- but there was an even bigger jolt awaiting them! For it seemed that the Israeli strike against Syria was celebrated by most of the world – most of the Arabs and to the never ending shame of Syrians – some of the Syrians! As Mount Kasion erupted in fire at two in the morning, cameras were already waiting to film the catastrophe as if there was prior knowledge of what will come. And from the rooftops of the minarets of some mosques Allahu Akbar echoed and re-echoed in the air(in yet another abuse of that holy word). That some Syrians and even if they are a small minority, should welcome an Israeli strike against their country simply to spite the government is inconceivable. Since when have Syrians been so lacking in honour and ethics? So some Syrians don’t like the government, nor do they like its politics but for that to run so deep that the line that separates right from wrong becomes blurred is unbelievable and sad .  Neither did the almighty Syrian opposition in their 5 star abodes bother to comment about  what had happened to their country and country people . They couldn’t see the damage that Israel had left nor the many deaths it had been responsible for. They kept mum and no doubt got their rewards for it.

   Yes Syrians are right to say “ I can’t believe this is Syria anymore! ‘’

Reem Haddad

The Conspiracy against Syria

It is obvious from the beginning of the crisis  that the conspiracy against Syria is clear and overt from all sides.  Thus , there is no need to wait an affirmation  of  the British Newspaper" The Daily Telegraph" to be strongly aware of  the  conspiratorial role of  Qatar and Saudi Arabia and their involvement with the Erdogan government in supporting armed groups in Syria with money and weapons . 

No one can deny that all these parties have cooperated with Israel in sponsoring terrorism against Syria. Prime Minister of the Zionist occupation had asked his ministers to distance themselves from any statement regarding the events in Syria, so as not to say that Israel intervenes  directly in Syria, "As if this intervention is needed to be  confirmed by the newspaper to become a reality", and everyone is under Uncle Sam hat. 

Hence,  all these  parties integrate with conspiring against Syria from the top of the hat "America" to the  shoes "Sheikhdom Qatar", which tries hardly to make itself  the essence of the world  at the expense of the destruction of the Arab nation.

 Qatar created the  so called Istanbul Council by collecting opponents from here and there and competed with Saudi Arabia to buy loyalties of opponents who forgot their homeland, Syria, and became but  the  tools to serve US and its allies  in destroying Syria , the gate of Arabism. 

Indeed, the conspirators  against Syria do wrongly believe by their political foolishness  that  the destruction of Syria will make them safe and bring them closer to American Master. These countries  are but  as their predecessors sold and traded Arab issues for US-Israeli's interests in the region.

Ahmad Orabi Baaj

Translated and edited by M. Wassouf