Nakba & Refugees

Nakba & Refugees

Nakba means "Catastrophe" in Arabic. It refers to the destruction of Palestinian society in 1948 when approximately 750,000 Palestinians fled or were forced into exile by Israeli troops. Because the Palestinians were not Jewish, their presence and predominant ownership of the land were obstacles to the creation of a Jewish state. Their exodus, or Nakba, was already nearly half-complete by May 1948, when Israel declared its independence and the Arab states entered the fray.

Israeli Troops Kill Four More Palestinians in Border Protest News Roundup
Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters

Israeli Troops Kill Four More Palestinians in Border Protest

Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, bringing to 35 the death toll in recent weeks among Palestinian protesters demanding the right to return to their former homeland.

about 5 days ago
Mourning Arabs Fly Palestinian Flags as Israel Marks Independence Day News Roundup
Stephen Farrell, Ayat Basma, Reuters

Mourning Arabs Fly Palestinian Flags as Israel Marks Independence Day

In a field south of Haifa, near an Arab village that was depopulated and abandoned in 1948, children read the lyrics of nationalist anthems from their iPhones, while their elders sat beneath awnings, listening to dignitarites and musicians.

about 6 days ago
Israel Celebrates Its Independence, We Mourn Our Loss Op-Eds & Analysis
Ayman Odeh, New York Times

Israel Celebrates Its Independence, We Mourn Our Loss

Seventy years ago, the world changed around my family. The establishment of the state of Israel represented self-determination for Jews, but a catastrophe — “nakba” in Arabic — for Palestinians. In the area around the Mediterranean city of Haifa, where my family has lived for six generations, only 2,000 Palestinians of a population of 70,000 remained.

about 1 week ago
Faisal Saleh, Entrepreneur & Founder of Palestine Museum US News Roundup
IMEU

Faisal Saleh, Entrepreneur & Founder of Palestine Museum US

Entrepreneur turned museum founder Faisal Saleh is opening a non-profit multimedia museum in Woodbridge, Connecticut, that will serve as a hub for Palestinian art, literature, and culture.

about 1 week ago
With the Great Return March, Palestinians Are Demanding a Life of Dignity Op-Eds & Analysis
Ahmad Abu Rtemah, The Nation

With the Great Return March, Palestinians Are Demanding a Life of Dignity

Over the past eight days, tens of thousands of protesters in Gaza have breathed life into a place that is slowly being depleted of it. We have come together, chanting and singing a lullaby we’ve all longed for—“We will return”—bringing all that we have left to offer in an attempt to reclaim our right to live in freedom and justice.

about 3 weeks ago
The Bare Facts About the Gaza Demonstrators Are Correct, but the Rest of the Story Is Missing Op-Eds & Analysis
Saree Makdisi, Los Angeles Times

The Bare Facts About the Gaza Demonstrators Are Correct, but the Rest of the Story Is Missing

Media coverage of Israel's massacre of Palestinian protesters during the first weekend of multiweek demonstrations in Gaza offered textbook examples of how syntax and word choice shape, and even distort, representations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even if the facts are accurately stated, the ways in which sentences are constructed, and the extent to which details are contextualized, can subtly lead readers astray.

about 3 weeks ago
After the Gaza Killings, It’s Time to Crack Down on Israel Op-Eds & Analysis
Diana Buttu, Washington Post

After the Gaza Killings, It’s Time to Crack Down on Israel

Israel’s killing of 18 Palestinian protesters in Gaza last Friday was entirely predictable. It was also entirely avoidable. The victims were taking part in the annual Land Day march commemorating the 1976 killing of six Palestinians who were protesting Israel’s confiscation of thousands of acres of their land.

about 3 weeks ago
Roger Waters Recites Palestinian Poem on Anti-Trump Song “Supremacy” News Roundup
Maggie Serota, SPIN

Roger Waters Recites Palestinian Poem on Anti-Trump Song “Supremacy”

Roger Waters teamed up with Palestinian band Le Trio Joubran to record “Supremacy,” a rebuke to the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and eventually move the U.S. embassy there. The move was considered a major setback to the Middle East peace process.

on March 14, 2018
Lorde’s Artistic Right to Cancel Gig in Tel Aviv Op-Eds & Analysis
The Guardian

Lorde’s Artistic Right to Cancel Gig in Tel Aviv

We write in support of Lorde, who made public her decision not to perform in Israel and has now been branded a bigot in a full page advertisement in the Washington Post. Shmuley Boteach, the author and promoter of the advert, supports Israel’s illegal settlements and wrote last month on Breitbart to thank Donald Trump for “electrifying the world” with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in defiance of international law.

on January 5, 2018