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Perpetual injustice.

Summary: Next week marks 50 years since the Naksa, or "setback," and next year will see 70 years since the 1948 Nakba.

Next week marks 50 years since the Naksa, or "setback," and next year will see 70 years since the 1948 Nakba.

Of these dates the Nakba is perhaps the more famous. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were cast from home to live as refugees or in the diaspora, while many others fought against the odds and resisted Zionist persecution, brutality and plots in order to stay in Palestine, where they maintain their roots.

Yet the 1967 Middle East War undoubtedly increased the misfortune of the Palestinians -- the occupation runs from the river to the sea -- and recent history is witness to its poisonous effect.

Instead of finding some settlement as the Zionists wished, the Middle East today is a region more volatile than perhaps any other, abundant with killing fields and rampant with extremism, unrest and poverty.

The international community knows all too well the root of this plague -- the continual occupation of Palestine and persecution and disenfranchisement of its people -- yet it pretends it doesn't exist, or that remedies cannot be found.

Since 1967 the U.S. has had 10 presidents. The Soviet Union no longer exists. The world has seen almost everything change, except one thing: Palestinians' love for home and unflinching connection to their land. If anyone is banking on a change of Palestinian attitude to find a resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, then they are to be disappointed. With every generation the will to resist grows stronger and the Palestinians' basic demands -- statehood, dignity and the right of return -- will never change.

This is a black-and-white case, there is no gray area, and as long as it remains unsolved, the region's skies will always be stormy.

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
Date:Jun 3, 2017
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