Nakba Day – when Palestinians around the world commemorate the “catastrophe” of Israel taking over their homeland – is by far the most pertinent anniversary in the tumultuous life of Fatma Hussein Omar. She was born in 1948, when at least 750,000 Palestinians (at the time more than 65% of the population) were driven from their homes and land by force and at least 15,000 killed to make way for a new state.
This year is the 67th anniversary of the disaster, and Fatma marked it surrounded by children and grandchildren who have lived permanently in refugee camps because of invasion, war, and persecution. She still has the key to the family home in al-Maliha, then a village south west of Jerusalem, and now a district of the city. Legal papers dating back to the Ottoman Empire also in Fatma's possession make it clear that the property is still rightfully theirs. Like so many others in her position, Fatma brandishes the key as a symbol of her right to return to her confiscated estate.
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر