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.

Could Trump Be Palestinians’ Best Hope? News Roundup
Dalia Hatuqa, The Atlantic

Could Trump Be Palestinians’ Best Hope?

Recent events have left Palestinians in an odd position: The absence of a clear strategy by a U.S. administration to resolve the conflict with Israel may have become the best bet for statehood they’ve had in years. This, at least, seems to be the thinking of Mahmoud Abbas...

about 5 days ago
Donald Trump Ends Middle East Tour News Roundup
Al Jazeera

Donald Trump Ends Middle East Tour

US President Donald Trump has wrapped up a two-day visit to Israel and the Occupied Territories where he met Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

about 5 days ago
Two Palestinian Children Die by Israeli Fire News Roundup
Maureen Clare Murphy, The Electronic Intifada

Two Palestinian Children Die by Israeli Fire

While US President Donald Trump’s visit to the region dominated headlines, several Palestinian children were shot and injured by Israeli forces, one of them fatally, and another died of wounds sustained months earlier.

about 5 days ago
Palestinians on Strike in Solidarity with Prisoners News Roundup
Al Jazeera

Palestinians on Strike in Solidarity with Prisoners

Israeli forces have shot and injured at least 11 Palestinian protesters who staged a general strike in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the besieged Gaza Strip in support of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

about 6 days ago
How Israel Is Targeting Palestinian Institutions News Roundup
Ylenia Gostali, Al Jazeera English

How Israel Is Targeting Palestinian Institutions

When Israeli police showed up at the maps and survey department of the Arab Studies Society's office in Jerusalem last month, director Khalil Tufakji was surprised to receive a six-month shutdown order.

about 1 week ago
Life Behind Israel’s Checkpoints Op-Eds & Analysis
Raja Shehadeh, The New York Times

Life Behind Israel’s Checkpoints

Every conflict has its heroes. In Palestine they’re the taxi drivers. After living for half a century under occupation, I can no longer endure the anxiety of what might appear on the road, whether it is angry drivers bottlenecked...

about 1 week ago
The Legal Status of Jerusalem Fact Sheets
IMEU

The Legal Status of Jerusalem

Under international law, East Jerusalem (including the Old City and its holy sites) are not legally part of Israel. Since Israel's establishment in 1948, the US and international community have refused to recognize the sovereignty of any country to any part of Jerusalem in the absence of a permanent Arab-Israeli peace agreement.

about 2 weeks ago
US Ambassador David Friedman Arrives in Israel News Roundup
Al Jazeera English

US Ambassador David Friedman Arrives in Israel

David Friedman, the controversial new US ambassador to Israel, has arrived in the country to take up his post, just days before a visit by US President Donald Trump. Friedman, who presented his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin...

about 2 weeks ago
Palestinians Face Biggest Expulsion in Years by Settlers in Jerusalem News Roundup
Charlotte Silver, The Electronic Intifada

Palestinians Face Biggest Expulsion in Years by Settlers in Jerusalem

A private settler organization is planning “the most extensive expulsion scheme in recent years,” in the Batan al-Hawa area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem is warning.

about 2 weeks ago