@irlisrAlliance Not as simple as that. Both leaders on both sides do not see the humanity of the others.

Just like Palestinians do not mark Israeli Independence Day, I do not mark Nakba Day.

That said I respect, understand and support Palestinians right to mark a national tragedy.
@irlisrAlliance The reasons for the Nakba Day are myriad.

The idea that 750,000 Palestinians just fled and it had nothing to do with the IDF is a myth, a myth I bought in to and believed for many years.
@irlisrAlliance Similarly the idea that 750,000 Palestinians became refugees had nothing to do with the surrounding states declaring war on Israel as soon as it became a state under the UN Partition Plan is also a myth, which far too many who rightly support Palestinian human rights believe.
@irlisrAlliance Furthermore, the idea that all Palestinian refugees were all kicked out by the IDF is also a myth.

Some, in the main the wealthiest strata of Palestinian society left for economic reasons, believing they would be able to come back after the war had ended and Israel was defeated.
@irlisrAlliance There were a myriad of reasons why 750,000 Palestinians became refugees.

However, the idea that it is not a tragedy, never happened and 750,000 Palestinian lives were ripped apart is rubbish.

Let's not minimise Palestinian pain, as likewise we should not minimise Israeli pain.
@irlisrAlliance The best and most detailed book on the whole matter is Benny Morris's.
@irlisrAlliance Your point on how Palestinian leaders manipulate Nakba Day is correct.

What started as a genuine tragedy has been manipulated by the likes of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

They have taken over the protest and used it as a violent tool to attack Israelis and engender antisemitism.
@irlisrAlliance But let's not pretend on the Israeli side, the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu is immune from this.

In recent years on Israel's memorial day, Palestinian and Israeli people who have lost loved ones to the conflict have carried out joint memorial services in Tel Aviv
@irlisrAlliance Netanyahu tried to stop the Palestinians from attending.
@irlisrAlliance So can we outside of Israel and the Palestinian territories stop denigrating and dehumanising the 'other' by lessening the tragedies that have befallen both Israelis and Palestinians.
@irlisrAlliance It does not make you any less of a Zionist to recognise the humanity of Palestinians.

It does not make you any less of a Palestinian Nationalist to recognise the humanity of Israelis.
@irlisrAlliance Its not a myth that a tragedy for the Palestinian tragedy took place when 750,000 Palestinians became refugees. /2
@irlisrAlliance Now there are many reasons for the refugee crisis, with many myths also added to the mix.

What is true, is that 750,000 Palestinians became refugees and that is marked as #NakbaDay.
@irlisrAlliance I am not asking Zionists to mark it, I wont.

What I am asking though from my fellow Zionists is to respect it.

I am not taking sides here, I also think Palestinian Nationalists should respect Israeli Independence day.
@irlisrAlliance Yes, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority exploit #NakbaDay to engender hate, violence and antisemitism, but this not give me or anybody else to call a national tragedy a myth or to respect Palestinians right to mark it.
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