He returned on Nakba Day, Martyred on Naksa Day, Millions will follow

He returned on Nakba Day, Martyred on Naksa Day, Millions will follow

 

 

تكبيرIzat aziz Muswada (36 years), born in Jerusalem in 1977, his family moved to Jordan and then to Syria.His father moved back to Jerusalem shortly afterward, but Izat and his mother return was denied for staying away more than three years, they were told they had lost their residency permits.Since then, Return to Jerusalem was his great dream.

On Nakba day he joined thousands of others as they marched to the ceasefire line between Syria and occupied Gollan Hieghts, he crossed the mine fields on the cease fire line in Majdal Shams, He and his fellow demonstrators were warmly welcomed, and he quickly began plotting a way to return Jerusalem.

 

“He decided to lie and managed to convince a journalist from Jerusalem that he was a reporter with the Arabic newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi.He traded on the name of his family, that of a well-known Jerusalem clan, and his knowledge of the city to convince the journalist to vouch for him to a nervous taxi driver.”

The IOF arressted him on Huwara checkpoint near Nablis on his way towards Jerusalem, putting an end of his dream of reaching Jerusalem and praying in Alaqsa.
He was detained his for few days before being expelled back to Syria.

“My few days in Palestine confirmed to me that Palestine is so near, the enemy who frightened us for 63 years is a caward and can’t stand against our determination.” thus said Izat after his return to Syria.

After three weeks, on Naksa day Izat decided to try again. Unfortunately, his dream of returning home ended quickly and violently.

As he and his fellows tryied to cut through a line of barbed wire to reach the border fence, Israeli troops opened fire.

Syria refugee’s dream of return ends in tragedy

Published yesterday (updated) 10/06/2011 18:16
Israeli policemen guard along the border fence as Druze residents
of Majdal Sham stand on the hill looking at mainly Palestinian
protesters crossed from Syria into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights,
on May 15, 2011, to mark Nakba day. Bloodshed broke out as
Palestinian refugees across the region marched on Israel’s borders in a
mass show of mourning over Palestinians’ dispossession
in 1948. [AFP/Menahem Kahana, File]

JERUSALEM (AFP) — When Ezzat Maswadi burst across the ceasefire line from Syria into the occupied Golan Heights, he thought his chance to return to Jerusalem — the city of his birth — had finally come.

But the return that Maswadi had longed for was not to be, and his attempts to reach the Holy City would eventually lead to his death, three weeks later, in the fields between Syria and the Golan town of Majdal Shams.

Born to a Palestinian family in Jerusalem in 1977, Maswadi grew up in the nearby town of Al-Eizariya until 1984, when his family moved first to Jordan and then to Syria.

His father moved back to Jerusalem shortly afterward, but Maswadi and his mother were told they had lost their residency permits under an Israeli law which quietly revoked the residency of anyone who stayed away more than three years.
So Maswadi stayed in Damascus, fearing he would never be able to go home, until he heard that Palestinian refugees in Syria were planning to march towards Israel on May 15, the anniversary of Israel’s creation amid the mass dispossession of Palestinians.

Palestinians mark the occasion as the “Nakba” or “catastrophe” when hundreds of thousands of them fled or were expelled from their homes in the war that accompanied Israel’s declaration of independence.

On the day of the protests, a clear, warm Sunday, Maswadi joined thousands of others as they marched unimpeded to the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria, just across from Majdal Shams in the Israel-occupied Golan Heights.

A handful of Israeli troops stationed in the area, apparently caught short, watched in horror as Maswadi and other protesters moved quickly across heavily-mined fields, cut through a fence and entered Majdal Shams.

He and his fellow demonstrators were warmly welcomed, and Maswadi quickly began plotting a way to get back to Jerusalem.

To do so, he had to circumvent Israeli checkpoints set up to catch infiltrators from Syria and find a taxi driver willing to take him three hours south to Jerusalem.

He decided to lie and managed to convince a journalist from Jerusalem that he was a reporter with the Arabic newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi.

He traded on the name of his family, that of a well-known Jerusalem clan, and his knowledge of the city to convince the journalist to vouch for him to a nervous taxi driver.

“An Israeli soldier stopped me at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Majdal Shams, and said words to me that I didn’t understand but I’m sure he was asking for my identity card,” Maswadi wrote in an online account shortly afterward.

“I told him I was a journalist and he allowed me to cross.”

He started to believe he would make it home, and eagerly peered out of the window as the car drove south, marveling at the scenery.

“The features of my country began to become clear. It was the most beautiful feeling of my life, to see the country I had dreamed of. All the words in the world can’t describe how it felt,” he wrote.

“I can only say that it was ‘homeland’ with all that that means — love, longing, beauty, magnificence.”

But Maswadi’s journey was about to grind to a halt. He ran into another Israeli checkpoint, and this time his ruse was discovered.

“They surprised us with the checkpoint and I couldn’t go on or return or even tell the driver the truth. This was the end of my journey to Palestine, the end of my dream and my goal,” he wrote.

Maswadi was held by Israeli security officials for an unspecified period of time before being expelled back to Syria.

His driver, a Palestinian from occupied East Jerusalem, was jailed for five days, then put under house arrest for another five days before being released on condition he did not return to the Golan for the next three months.

For Maswadi, being expelled was devastating, but he quickly decided to try again — this time on June 5, when Palestinians mark the “Naksa” or “setback” of the 1967 Six-Day War.

This time, Maswadi’s dream of returning home would end quickly and violently.

As he joined hundreds of other protesters trying to cut through a line of barbed wire to reach the border fence, Israeli troops opened fire.

That day, 23 people were killed and hundreds more injured, according to figures given by Syrian state television.

Israel acknowledged the deaths of 10 protesters, but said all of them died in a second protest in Quneitra, several kilometres further south, when Molotov cocktails thrown by the demonstrators set off Syrian mines in no-man’s land.

But Maswadi’s father Aziz has no doubt about how his eldest son died.

“He was killed by Israeli bullets in Majdal Shams,” he told AFP from the family’s home in Al-Eizariya. “It was his dream to return to Jerusalem.

“They told me that the bullets perforated his body,” he said, adding that his son had been buried in Syria.

Sobbing, Aziz Maswadi said he was denied permission to travel to Syria for the funeral in Damascus. “My son is a martyr, I wanted to see him one last time.”

With hassan Hijazi

عزات عزيز عزات مسودة (٣٦ عاما) من مواليد القدس وسكان سوريا حاليا.. شاب فلسطيني حالم ، تمنى طوال حياته العودة لفلسطين ، وحقق حلمة بعزيمة واصرار لم تستطع الحدود ان تقف في طريقة ، فشق طريقة بالدم الى وطنة فلسطين ، حقق جزء من امنتية ووطات قدماه ثرى فلسطين الطاهر ، الا ان الاحتلال منعه من الوصول الى القدس التي لطالما حلم بالوصول اليها

 

عزات مسوده استشهد مع العشرات اثناء محاولتة العودة مره اخرى لفلسطين في ذكرى نكستها التي تصادف الخامس من حزيران ، حيث اطلق جيش الاحتلال النار باتجاه الجموع التي خرجت من الاراضي السورية باتجاه الجولان المحتل ، فسقط عشرات الشهداء ومئات الجرحى .
مصادر اعلامية متعددة قالت ان الشهيد كان من بين الشبان اللذين شاركوا في مسيرة العودة في الخامس عشر من شهر أيار الماضي ، التي انطلقت باتجاه حدود فلسطين التاريخية ، وتمكن الحالم الفلسطيني عزات مسوده من اختراق خط وقف اطلاق النار قرب مدينة مجدل شمس الدرزية في الجولان المحتل ، وتخطى حقول الالغام وبنادق الاحتلال وتحصيناته ودخل وتجول في عدد من المدن الفلسطينية في الداخل المحتل ووصول الى الضفة الغربية ، الا سلطات الاحتلال وحسب المصادر الاعلامية اعتقلته على حاجز حوارة قرب نابلس وهو في طريقه الى مسقط راسه في القدس، والتي كان قد اعلن تصميمه على الوصول اليها، وابقته رهن الاعتقال لعدة ايام ، قبل ان تبعدة الى مهجرة من جديد الى سوريا.
قبل ايام من استشهادة قال عزات مسوده في لقاء مع احدى وسائل الاعلام إن خطته كانت بالوصول إلى القدس والصلاة في المسجد الأقصى على أن أدعو الإعلام وأخبره بحقوقنا في العودة إلى أراضينا.
ويتابع مسودة : ما عشته خلال أيام قليلة فوق ثرى فلسطين أكد لي أن فلسطين أقرب إلينا مما نعتقد والعدو الذي أخافونا منه على مدى 63 عاماً جبان ولا يستطيع الوقوف أمام إرادتنا.
عزات مسوده ، هذا الشاب الفلسطيني الحالم بوطنة المخلص له بكل جوارحة برهم صحة ما قيل منذ زمن ان حق العودة لفلسطين المحتلة لا يسقط بالتقادم ، وانه مهما مرت الايام بقساوتها ، لن تمحى من الذاكره فلسطين تاريخها وحضارتها .
حتما ستعود فلسطين

 

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