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Apartheid Exiles await returning home

Mahmoud Alkhatib
mah@live.ru
2013 / 5 / 12

It has been 11 years since they last seen, touched, or enjoyed the smiles of their beloved ones. 39 Palestinians, 26 of whom were exiled to Gaza, and 13 to European countries, after Israel had besieged the Church of the Nativity for 39 days on May 10,2002.

They were deported according to an agreement between the Israeli occupation forces and the Palestinian authority, according to which they were to be exiled to Gaza for two years only, yet they are still exiled despite the continuous calls to see their families.

For 11 years the power of the gun has been separating these men from their families, children, wives, parents, friends, and beloved ones. May 10 remarks the 11th anniversary of these people s forcible exile from the cities where they were born and raised. Each passing year and every day adds centuries of pain to these people, and aggravates their psychological and social suffering, with many of them losing beloved ones, parents or other family member who died during those hardly passing eleven years. They attempted numerously but didn t success to obtain a permission to attain their funerals. The only one who was allowed to return home was Abdallah Daoud who was exiled to Europe, and returned in a coffin to his birthplace in Balata refugee camp in Nablus. Repeatedly they announce "we want to go home on our own feet, not carried in coffins", their calls get no reply save the echo.

Israel still exiles Palestinians, notably administrative detainees who were in hunger strike, Hanaa Shalabi, she was promised a return home as well, and experience shows no Israeli Treaty Integrity whatsoever and it can t be viewed away from a continuous ethnic cleansing, a war waged by the last Apartheid Regime in the world against all human values, and human rights laws.




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