On this day in 1948 the state of Israel was born.
Within a few months, more than eight hundred thousand Palestinians had been deported and more than five hundred of their villages had been turned into rubble.
Those villages, where olive, fig, almond and other fruit trees grew, now lie buried under highways, shopping malls and amusement parks. They are dead and unnamed on the map rechiristened by the Government Names Committee.
Not much of Palestine is left. The two thousand years of persecution suffered by the Jewish people was invoked to justify this implacable gluttony, complete with property titles granted by the Bible.
Persecuting Jews had always been a European sport. Now the Palestinians are paying the bill.
~Eduardo Galeano, Children of the Days
Photo by Hamde Abu Rahma