Israeli Minister Avi Dichter: "We are now rolling out the Nakba of Gaza."
Israel's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development calls events in Gaza a Nakba – a reference to ethnic cleansing.
Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development declared on television channel N12 that Israel is carrying out a Nakba in the Gaza Strip. Literally “catastrophe” in Arabic, the term is commonly used by Palestinians to refer to the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1947-1948, amid which the State of Israel was founded.
The following is a transcript of the interview:
Presenter: When we see the scenes of a million people of Gaza walking with white flags heading south, is this a psychological goal of the operation? Is it strategic, or is it temporary?
Avi Dichter: It’s first and foremost an operational event. We have there a huge number of fighters of our own that have to operate in a very densely populated area. We need to reduce the number of residents…
Presenter: Is this going to result in a Nakba, or something temporary?
Dichter: We are now rolling out the Nakba of Gaza. This is the Nakba of Gaza. From operational perspective, it’s impossible to conduct fighting like the army wants in Gaza when the crowd is present between the soldiers and the enemy. So this is the Nakba of Gaza. Nakba of Gaza 2023.
Presenter: That’s how it will end? For good? They will not return to the city of Gaza?
Dichter: Look, I don’t know how it will eventually end up. The city of Gaza spans one third of the strip. Half of the population, one third of the area. There are the other two thirds of Gaza. The center camps – Khan Younis and Rafah. There are 6 more refugee camps. In the northern part there are only 2 refugee camps, large ones but only 2.
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