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Palestinians during a rally in the West Bank town of Ramallah, 15 May 2007, to mark the 59th anniversary of the 'Nakba,' or 'catastrophe', that refers to the creation of the state of Israel.

It informs us that Palestinians would still like to succeed today at what they miserably failed to achieve then. 

And it informs us that they take no responsibility for their own predicament, which is uniquely maintained to this day at their own insistence.


If readers doubt this, consider the following vignette: in January 2001, John Manley, then-foreign minister in Jean Chretien’s Canadian government, offered to welcome Palestinian refugees and their descendants to Canada.  The Palestinian response?  Mr. Manley was burned in effigy by Palestinian rioters in Nablus, and Palestinian legislator Hussam Khader of Fatah – not Hamas or another of the Islamist groups –declared, “If Canada is serious about resettlement, you could expect military attacks in Ottawa or Montreal.”  A similar offer by then-Australian Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock also received a threatening Palestinian rejoinder.

Why this astounding response by a government official to an offer of refugee relief?  Because establishing a Palestinian state and resettling the refugees and their descendants inside it or abroad would remove any internationally accepted grounds for conflict.  That’s why helping to solve the Palestinian refugee problem is regarded as a hostile act – by Palestinians. 

Naqba commemorations disclose that the conflict is about Israel’s existence – not about territory, borders, holy places, refugees or any other bill of particulars.

When Palestinians accept that Israel is here to stay, the possibility of the conflict’s end will come into view.  In the meantime, responsible governments can discourage and repudiate naqba commemorations – rather than treat them as benign expressions of national loss or grief – as a small but important step toward bringing that day closer.

Originally published at The American Thinker.