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Gaza's Great Return March Massacre: A Turning Point


Gaza's Great Return March Massacre: A Turning Point

Nada Elia

The opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on 14 May has rubbed salt into gaping wounds.

As "presidential adviser" Ivanka Trump stood gleefully next to a triumphant Benjamin Netanyahu at the heart of the illegally annexed city, Israel was engaging in yet another massacre less than 100km to the southwest. Dozens of people were killed in Gaza and thousands injured in the six weeks of the Great Return March, between Land Day and Nakba Day, and many of the injured still languish in Gaza’s ill-equipped hospitals.


The UN Partition Resolution said that after 10 years, there was to be a referendum in Jerusalem. Because most people in Jerusalem were Jews, it was expected that Jerusalem would become part of Israel. Evidence that Israel “illegally annexed” the city?

Self-defense is not a massacre.

Jews lived in Gaza for centuries until Palestinians ethnically cleansed Gaza of its Jews in 1929. Palestinians demanding that they be allowed to return to Israel while refusing to allow Jews to return to Gaza is hypocrisy.


Sorry Jack, but you are not telling the truth.
Jerusalem was not made up of mostly Jews and it was never expected to become part of Israel.

“De jure, the majority of United Nations (UN) member states and most international organisations do not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over East Jerusalem, which came under its control after the 1967 Six-Day War, or its 1980 Jerusalem Law proclamation, which declared a “complete and united” Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.[6] As a result, most countries locate their foreign embassies in Tel Aviv and its suburbs rather than in Jerusalem.”


Sorry Jack but you are not telling the truth.
Jerusalem was not made up of mostly Jews and it was never expected to become part of Israel.

In 1944, three years before the partition in 1947, there were 97,000 Jews out of a population of 1570,00 in Jerusalem.


That was 1944.
By 1948, there were 100,000 Jews & 40,000 Arabs/Muslims & the Jewish population was increasing rapidly as hundreds of thousands of Jews imprisoned in European displaced persons camps came to Israel.



Jack Green, you forgot to mention the pre-WWII mass immigration of European Jews into Palestine.

Every Jew around the world has the ‘right’ to return. On what ground? Israel is full of European, Russian, American, etc. Jews with no historical connection to the land.

Palestinians, on the other hand, have roots in illegally occupied Palestine. The right to return belongs to the Palestinians wherever they ancestors lived and that includes Jerusalem.

The annexation of Jerusalem by Israel was illegal.


Don’t forget, Jack, that after WW II, other nations took Jewish people too------like IRAN----and weirdly Mr. Netanyahu has no qualms about killing Jewish people living in Iran… read the “Seventh Million,” by Tom Segev—and if your have any humanity------you will cry at what happened to the Palestinians… Just as sad is that England deserted the Palestinians too.


Gazans are demanding the right to return to Israel while refusing the Jews’ right to return to Gaza. Jews lived in Gaza for centuries until Palestinians ethnically cleansed Gaza of its Jews in 1929. Hypocrisy!


“There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent – not for thirty miles in either direction. …One may ride ten miles (16 km) hereabouts and not see ten human beings.” …these unpeopled deserts, these rusty mounds of barrenness…" -Mark Twain

There was certainly room for both peoples.

Evidence that European Jews have no historical connection to the land?

Today’s Palestinians are immigrants from many nations: “Balkans, Greeks, Syrians, Latins, Egyptians, Turks, Armenians, Italians, Persians, Kurds, Germans, Afghans, Circassians, Bosnians, Sudaneese, Samaritans, Algerians, Motawila, Tartars, Hungarians, Scots, Navarese, Bretons, English, Franks, Ruthenians, Bohemians, Bulgarians, Georgians, Syrians, Persian Nestorians, Indians, Copts, Maronites, and many others.”

(DeHass, History, p. 258. John of Wurzburg list from Reinhold Rohricht edition, pp. 41, 69).

No one would have been displaced & no land would have been lost if Palestinians had not tried to exterminate the Jews.

The day after the UN Partition Resolution in November 1947, racist, xenophobic Palestinians started a genocidal war to exterminate the Jews. Haj Amin el-Husseini, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem – “I declare a holy war, my Muslim brothers! Murder the Jews! Murder them all!”
The war started with Palestinians attacking a Jewish bus driving on the Coastal Plain near Kfar Sirkin killing five and wounding others. Half an hour later they ambushed a second bus from Hadera, killing two more. Arab snipers attacked Jewish buses in Jerusalem and Haifa.

Wars create refugees!


I wonder what Nada would say if the nearly 100,000 Jews forced out of Egypt in the 1950s and '60s showed up at the Egyptian border and demanded to return and be given back all the property taken from them? If they threw rocks, burning tires, and launched firebombs, and tried to break through fencing, I wonder what she have to say about that? Probably not much.


Your evidence is Wikipedia----where anyone can post anything. In East Jerusalem, Jews were the largest group living there in 1948 before they were ethnically cleansed by the Jordanians. That is just a fact. They were expelled without property on 24 hours notice.