Published: 2023-03-17 18:50
Last Updated: 2023-06-08 00:25
Editor: Talah Turk ،Dana Sharayri
Younger generations awaken the hope of a free Palestine
Contrary to the "Zionist" bet at the outset of the Israeli Occupation, Millennials and Generation Z refuse to forget and give up on the Palestinian cause, which is evident in the recent social media movements.
A study by Gallup – an American analytics and advisory company based in Washington, D.C. – revealed that sympathy toward the Israeli Occupation is positive among older generations in the US, however, Millennials and Generation Z are now sympathizing more with the Palestinians.
The study shows that 42 percent of US Millennials sympathize more with the Palestinians and 40 percent with the people from the Israeli Occupation.
Almost 75 years later and despite hostile Judaization attempts, the flame of hope continues to burn within the younger generations.
According to the study, "Today’s divergence reflects a steep drop in recent years in net sympathy for Israel among millennials, whereas net sympathy for Israel has been steadier at a higher level among all three older generations."
The study also indicated that "After a decade in which Democrats have shown increasing affinity toward the Palestinians, their sympathies in the Middle East now lie more with the Palestinians than the Israelis, 49 percent versus 38 percent."
"Today’s attitudes reflect an 11-percentage-point increase over the past year in Democrats’ sympathy with the Palestinians."
-- ‘Nakba’ --
Every year on May 15, Palestinians across the world mark the "Nakba" – which translates into catastrophe – referring to the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 upon the UN-prompted creation of a Jewish State in Palestine. Around 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their homeland during the Nakba.
From day one, the primary national founder of the Israeli Occupation and their first prime minister Ben Gurion said: “We must do everything to ensure they (Palestinians) never return.”
“The old will die and the young will forget,” he said.
-- Israeli Occupation fails to erase Palestine --
In the face of all attempts to erase the Palestinian identity, including the burying of social media posts aimed at raising awareness about Palestine, the younger generations continued to share content to put an end to the Israeli Occupation oppression and bring forward the truth.
In May 2021, an 11-day escalation between Palestinians and the Israeli Occupation Forces killed over 260 locals in the Gaza Strip.
Worldwide efforts to tighten control on pro-Palestinian social media accounts could not silence the voices of activists and supporters of the Palestinian cause.
Member of the Board of Trustees and Chief Executive Officer of the Palestine International Institute (PII) Asaad Abdul Rahman told Roya that "In the age of social media and mass digital revolution, it is no longer possible to hide the ugly truth and the Israeli tale."
He continued: "Under the Zionist movement and its attempts to conceal the truth, they sought to control the narrative. But now, the truth has been unveiled revealing the real face of the occupation, which is based on concepts of apartheid and racism."
Abdul Rahman added that "Their failed attempts actually led to increasing support for the Palestinian cause across the globe."
-- 88 Palestinians killed since beginning of 2023 --
Since the start of the year, a total of 88 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli Occupation, including 17 children and one elderly woman. The most recent incident involved the killing of four Palestinians, the youngest of which was 17 years old, during an Israeli raid on Jenin.
Notably, a large number of the Palestinians killed by the Israeli Occupation are in their twenties. These are members of the fourth generation since the 'Nabka,' whose grandparents were children when they were displaced from their houses and homeland in 1948.