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.

Trump to Netanyahu: ‘Good Chance’ for Peace Between Israel and the Palestinians News Roundup
Barak Ravid and Amir Tibon, Haaretz

Trump to Netanyahu: ‘Good Chance’ for Peace Between Israel and the Palestinians

U.S. President Donald Trump told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that he wants to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and that he still believes doing so is possible.

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Drowning in the Waste of Israeli Settlers News Roundup
Jaclynn Ashly, Al Jazeera

Drowning in the Waste of Israeli Settlers

Salfit, occupied West Bank - Jamal Hammad remembers when the al-Matwa spring in Salfit city was a popular destination for locals. Several decades ago, the area would often be crowded with Palestinians hiking in the valley and families picnicking alongside the clear, flowing stream.

4 hours ago
Politics of Water: Stealing Palestinian Resources News Roundup
Shaddad Attilli, Al Jazeera

Politics of Water: Stealing Palestinian Resources

The announcement in July of a water prices agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been hailed as a model of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation as well as a major achievement of the Trump administration's efforts to broker a comprehensive peace deal in the Middle East.

about 1 day ago
Remembering the Sabra and Shatila Massacre 35 Years On News Roundup
Nabil Mohamad, Al Jazeera

Remembering the Sabra and Shatila Massacre 35 Years On

On September 16, 1982, following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the right-wing Christian Phalange militia stormed the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in West Beirut and began a massacre which ended in the deaths of hundreds, maybe thousands, of mostly Palestinian civilians.

about 1 day ago
Remains of Four Palestinians Buried by Israel News Roundup
Linah Alsaafin, Al Jazeera

Remains of Four Palestinians Buried by Israel

Israel has buried remains of four Palestinians in what is referred to as cemeteries of numbers - mass graves in undisclosed areas marked by numbers rather than names. The burial is the latest session regarding the case of Palestinian bodies withheld by the Israeli army, the Israeli prosecution told the Supreme Court in Jerusalem.

about 6 days ago
NYCLU Urges Repeal of Nassau Anti-BDS Law News Roundup
Robert Brodsky, Newsday

NYCLU Urges Repeal of Nassau Anti-BDS Law

The New York Civil Liberties Union is urging Nassau to repeal a bill passed last year prohibiting companies from doing business with the county if they have boycotted or divested from Israeli businesses or supported sanctions against Israel, arguing the law is “unconstitutional.”

about 6 days ago
Palestinian Wins Best Actor Award at Venice Film Fest News Roundup
Jessica Steinberg, Times of Israel

Palestinian Wins Best Actor Award at Venice Film Fest

Palestinian actor Kamel El Basha won the best actor award at the Venice Film Festival for his portrayal of Palestinian refugee Yasser in the courtroom drama “The Insult,” a French-Lebanese drama by director Ziad Doueiri.

about 1 week ago
Middle East Palestinians Release Activist Jailed for Facebook Post News Roundup
Mohammad Darageh, Associated Press

Middle East Palestinians Release Activist Jailed for Facebook Post

A Palestinian activist who has run afoul of both the Palestinian and Israeli authorities was released from a Palestinian jail Sunday, a week after he was arrested for writing a Facebook post critical of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

about 1 week ago
Israel-Africa Summit Scrapped amid Boycott News Roundup
Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada

Israel-Africa Summit Scrapped amid Boycott

A high-profile Israel-Africa summit planned for next month appears to have collapsed amid growing opposition from African governments. The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday that the summit, due to be held in the Togolese capital Lomé, “has been called off in the aftermath...

about 1 week ago