It is a pleasure reading Murakami’s two volumes novel: “Mordet på Kommandanten”. Although themes of violence, sex, fantasy, curiosity, adventures and wars are dominant in many of his novels; nevertheless, his style oblige you to continue discovering the most detailed descriptions, in a Balzacian way, that you never get bored.
12.5 million Palestinains world wide are called to stop for 71 seconds today to remember one of the most atrocities and ethnic cleansing criminality that was committed in 1948 against the original people of Palestine, depriving 2/3 of the people from their homes and lands, sending them to the four corners of the world, and denying them their absolute right to return to their homes of origin. Bernadote, who was behind the 194 international resolution was shot dead, and nowadays, 71 years after, efforts are evident from the zionists and their supporters, that they want to burry these rights under the continued theft of land and building illegal settelements, and producing apartheid laws, raising one group of people over others, in what they call the new national law. When the apartheid laws are dashed to the rubbles of history in South Africa since 1994, others try to implement it nowadays in historic Palestine.
132 years of Algerian colonisation ended; centuries of colonisation in Congo,where a king once owned the whole country as a personal property, killing millions of people as consequence; Vietnam, China, Cuba, only to mention few examples: all these colonial powers ended in the rubbles of history. Palestine is not an exception. The right of return and restitution is crystal clear, although 71 years since adopted by the general assembly, 194 rsolution is not for negotiations; it is for implementation. POINT.
My village, Lubya, as well as others of the 601 villages partially or totally demolished, will stand as a witness to those crimes committed against civilian and indigenous people as a result of the complexity of the EuroCentric policies and sense of guilt because of the crimes comitted against a group of people, the Jews of Europe. Out struggle in Palestine was never, and will never be based on religious claims: it is based on the human rights of people for self determination and freedom from colonial powers that started with Balfour declaration and culminated now to what is names as the Deal of the Century.
I will resend the film: “Ancestors land” again as a documentary that confirms the solid Will, that we will not forget; we will insist to struggle to achieve justice according to international laws and human rights charter; for the right of return and restitution, and for the freedom of Palestinian People.
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Elisabeth was and still a pioneer and full of vision in her approach towards one of the most explosive and actuel subject in our modern times: gender equality and womens’ rights; at all political, social, cultural and historical levels. Working with her and under her visionary leadership with Arab women organisations, we succeeded to convene 250 women and few men from 11 arabic countries, gathered in four international conferences in Beirut, Amman, Cairo and Ålborg:with main themes as: Women in Politics; Women in Buisness, Women legal status and Women in Research. It was a huge step where all participants have seen and demonstrated that the obstacles of Womens’ Rights are the same, whether in Europe, Africa or the Arab countries: there is difference only in degree , but not in substance. In an ira of naive populism worldwide, the stuggle is relevant yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Also thousands of migrant women, through mentornetwork where I had the opporunity to lead a team in Tingbjerg, have had the opprtunity to integrate and learn to bridge the gap and establish their personal successful life in Denmark against all the propoganda of hijab and Niqab and hetz against emigrant women, especailly targeted those who belong to Islamic faith.
Although I believe in the power of institutions; nevertheless I may say clearly: without the energy, engagement and vision of Elisabeth, these successful initiatives would never have had the opportunity to succeed.
Hamdan. As ususal, you are a pioneer in establishing and preserving this huge and necessary job towards the cultural heritage and museums in Palestine. An excellent and inclusive perception to our past history that trancends the religious and ethnic classifications of our past material culture and historicity. I do hope that one will take the opportunity to translate the article to english, because Hamdan, not only a leading modern archeologist, but was the head of a team who straggeled hard to establish tens of archeological sites and museums and trained many new archeologists in the small part of Palestine where it was possible and permissable. All was was done since 1994 was started from zero, as far as I know.
One note to mention: although Hamdan mentioned that more than 500 villages and localities were demolished, before and after 1948, it was documented now, by Zochorot researchers and others that 601 villages and localioties were demolished. A map on Zochorot homepage is available with all the names, if needed. Khalidi, Sharif Kanaani, Abu Sitta, Nur Masalha, only to mention a few, have done a lot in this regard. More research is needed to document and preserve what happened in the last century to our modern material culture by trying to eraze the physical body of the villages,, as well as the old past heritage of Palestine, that was and still under huge and constant acedemic falisifications…Few days ago, an Israeli researcher presented a view of what happened in Kufur Kanna in 48, and how vivid and authentic the Palestinian voices who still remember what happened and why the military forces who attacked kufur kanna did not succeed in occupying the village. Archival materials, especially form the other side are not holy, although necesary to look at. The presented their views and not what took place really.