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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
It does not make you any less of a Palestinian Nationalist to recognise the humanity of Israelis.
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.