I left this comment
on Karma Nabulsi's story
about Dr. George Habash for the Guardian
Dr. George Habash was a refugee from Lydd (re-named Lod).
From a memorial to him written by Al-Awda, the Palestinian Right to Return Organization:
"After the formation of the Palestinian Authority he stated 'Ramallah and Gaza are parts of my beloved Palestine and they are so dear to me, but I want to go back to LYD, my city.' He also made it clear that he would never return to any part of Palestine while his city was under occupation."
Lydd was the site of the biggest massacre executed by Zionists in 1947-48.
After the massacre, its residents were forced to leave:
" . . . the inhabitants were terrorized into fleeing their city, and out of the 19,000 people who used to call al-Lydd home, only 1,052 were allowed to stay."
In the Zionists' own words read more about the ethnic cleansing of Lydd and Al-Ramla here:
Palestinians from all walks of life indeed stopped what they were doing to honor Dr. George Habash. Condolences are being received all over the world; mock funerals were held in Ramallah, Nablus, and Jenin, and according to the Jordan Times, those present at his funeral included "women in fur-trimmed black suits and low-income Palestinians wearing the symbolic white-and-black chequered headdress."
And yesterday Israelis soldiers killed fifteen year old Quassi El-Effendi in Bethlehem.
(Photo: Mohammed Beshtawi
Journalist & Researcher)