15.5.2010 Today we remember
Nakba (Arabic: النكبة, an-Nakbah), meaning the “disaster”, “catastrophe”, or “cataclysm”, occurred when between 650,000 and 750,000 Palestinian Arabs were expelled from their homes by Yishuv or Israeli forces, during the creation of the state of Israel.
Today we remember those who lost their lives
Those who lost their homes, business, their country.
We think of those forced to flee
Those who were separated form loved ones.
We pray for those who are jailed, those living scarred
Both physically and mentally and those living under sieges
In conditions of oppression and apartheid.
We contemplate the children
Aged beyond their years
Who have never known what it is like to live
Without the constant fear of the brutal oppressor
Whose dreams are haunted by sights no child should ever see.
And as the green and yellow flags mingle in unity on this day of days.
We wish that the unity of this day carries forth into the future
Today we pause momentarily, we take time to remember
Tomorrow is a new day and tomorrow we carry on
Not stopping until the day Palestine is free