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.

A Letter to Gigi Hadid from Palestinian Youth News Roundup
Teen Vogue

A Letter to Gigi Hadid from Palestinian Youth

A group of Palestinian youth has come together to write a letter to Gigi Hadid, expressing support for her after she was criticized for posting, "I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. For me, this is not about religion or one against the other – it’s about the greed.

on May 30, 2018
How Are Palestinians Celebrating Ramadan? In Gaza, It Is As If It ‘Has Not Yet Come’ News Roundup
Tom O'Connor, Newsweek

How Are Palestinians Celebrating Ramadan? In Gaza, It Is As If It ‘Has Not Yet Come’

Palestinians in Gaza are celebrating one of the holiest occasions in Islam just days after they suffered through their bloodiest day in years amid more than six weeks of ongoing protests against Israel and the U.S.

on May 21, 2018
Israeli Police Accused of Brutality in Crackdown on Demonstrating Israeli Arabs News Roundup
Ruth Eglash, The Washington Post

Israeli Police Accused of Brutality in Crackdown on Demonstrating Israeli Arabs

An Israeli judge ordered the release of 19 Arab Israelis from police custody on Monday, capping a fraught weekend in the northern city of Haifa, the scene of multiple protests against Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip.

on May 21, 2018
How Does It Feel To Be A Palestinian Growing Up In Gaza? News Roundup
Lulu Garcia-Navarro, NPR

How Does It Feel To Be A Palestinian Growing Up In Gaza?

Nearly 2 million Palestinians are confined to living in Gaza. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Adnan Abu Hasna from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency about the current situation in Gaza.

on May 20, 2018
Israel’s Massacre of Palestinian Civilians Should Spark Horror—and Action Op-Eds & Analysis
Ian S. Lustick, The Nation

Israel’s Massacre of Palestinian Civilians Should Spark Horror—and Action

The barrier enclosing the two million Palestinians “living” in the Gaza Strip is not a border between two countries, as the media have insistently called it. It is a wall erected by Israel to make the suffering of those living inside the Gaza ghetto as invisible as possible to those living outside it.

on May 18, 2018
Palestinians Have No Choice but to Continue the Struggle Op-Eds & Analysis
Noura Erakat, The Washington Post

Palestinians Have No Choice but to Continue the Struggle

Over the past month and a half, thousands of Palestinians in Gaza have taken part in a series of weekly protests called the Great Return March, culminating Tuesday with Nakba Day, when Palestinians mark their mass expulsion during Israel’s establishment in 1948.

on May 16, 2018
Palestinians Want Freedom, Just Like Anyone Would Op-Eds & Analysis
Noura Erakat, The Washington Post

Palestinians Want Freedom, Just Like Anyone Would

Palestinian American human rights attorney Noura Erakat says protesters in Gaza aren't pawns of Hamas; they are struggling for the freedom all humans want.

on May 15, 2018
Israel Kills Dozens at Gaza Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem News Roundup
David M. Halbfinger, Isabel Kershner and Declan Walsh, New York Times

Israel Kills Dozens at Gaza Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem

More than 2,700 Palestinian demonstrators were injured on Monday — at least 1,350 by gunfire — along the border fence with Gaza, the Health Ministry reported. The mass protests began on March 30 and had already left dozens dead.

on May 15, 2018
I Helped Start the Gaza Protests. I Don’t Regret It. Op-Eds & Analysis
Ahmed Abu Ratima, New York Times

I Helped Start the Gaza Protests. I Don’t Regret It.

The seed that grew into Gaza’s Great Return March was planted Dec. 9, just a few days after President Trump announced he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Palestinians long have held onto the dream of Jerusalem as our own capital, or at least as a shared capital in a country that offers equal rights to everyone.

on May 14, 2018