There are so many ways to write about the Nakba – the Catastrophe of 1948. One could start with Plan Dalet, the Yishuv’s (pre-Israel Jewish community in Palestine) master plan to expel Palestinian Arabs from within and outside the territory “given” to the Jewish state in the United Nation’s Partition Plan.  Its realization in the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes by Zionist paramilitaries. The massacre at Deir Yassin when the Revisionist Zionist Irgun and Lehi forces killed 107 Palestinian villagers.  The columns of tens of thousands forced to march out of Lydda and Ramla, hundreds collapsing to death, on the orders of a future Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, “The inhabitants of Lydda must be expelled quickly, without regard to age.”  Israel’s razing of over 400 villages and the implanting of forests over the ruins. The Hebrew renaming of over 100 villages – emptied of their Palestinians and houses and lands handed over to Jewish settlers – and thousands of hills, valleys and natural landmarks. “We are obliged to remove the Arabic names for reasons of state,” declared Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.  The Palestinian village of Ein-Ghazaleh became the Israeli Ein-Ayala. Jaffa became Yafo. Bir Seb’a became Be’er Sheva.The destruction of the cultural and intellectual life of Palestine as artists, scholars, writers, journalists, poets, and the elite was dispersed into the diaspora. In the end, the devastation of an entire nation.
Khader Adnan, Palestinian political prisoner held under detention without charge or trial, launched an open-ended hunger strike on May 6 in protest of the third extension of his administrative detention, for a four-month period.
Palestinians celebrated Europe Day on May 7 in Ramallah, along with the Office of the European Union Representative-West Bank, Gaza Strip. Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah inaugurated the celebrations that included projects funded by the EU in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Through this event, Palestinians seek to bolster their relations with the EU.
It has been nine months since Israel agreed to a ceasefire that ended its third and most massive military offensive against the 1.8 million residents of the Gaza Strip. However, despite promises by Israel to loosen its nine-year blockade, by Egypt to facilitate further negotiations and by the international community to fund the massive reconstruction needed, none of those promises have been kept.