Today around the world Palestinians commemorate the nakba (catastrophe) of the 1948 establishment of Israel and the ethnic cleansing of 75% of the indigenous Palestinian population from their lands and homes.
Sixty-one years later the Palestinian population is dispersed around the globe, forbidden by Israel to return to their homes. Millions live in the refugee camps of Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Millions more live in camps or homes under occupation in the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and the West Bank. And more than a million live as third-class citizens under an openly racist, apartheid regime in the land they were born - now called Israel.
While Hamas and Fatah squabble over who gets to be the Palestinian facilitator of Israel's occupation, dictatorial Arab regimes count their U.S. dollars, and Israel continues the nakba backed by the U.S. and Europe.