The Palestinian Nakba is unsurpassed in history. For a country to be occupied by a foreign minority, emptied almost enitrely of it people, its physical and cultural ladnmarks oblierated, its destruction hailed as a miraculous act of God and a victory for freedom and civilized values, all don according to a premeditated plan, meticulously executed, financially and politically supported from abroad and still maintained today, is no doubt unique.
Today there are more than five million refugees whose families were expelled fromt heir homes and not allowed to return. For half a century, they endured a life of suffering and destituion, some forced to be refugees again and again, most have been active in trying to remove this colossal injustice, all have a relentless desire to return home.
If there is a single lesson to be lernt from the last 50 years of war and strife, it is that the Palestinians will not just disappear and they are the only people who have no where to live, nor wish to live, except in Palestine.
At the fiftieth anniversary of their Palestinian Holocaust, this Register, first published 1998, is an attempt to put in print what is alreasy engraved in the minds and hearts of millions of refugees. This second revised edition of the Register is part of an ongoing project to document the collective memory of the unchosen but determined people. This and similar projects attempt to draft the blue print for the Return Plan.
Publisher: PALESTINIAN RETURN CENTRE (2000)