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.

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
In Opening Its Embassy in Jerusalem, the US Has Slammed the Door on the Peace Process Op-Eds & Analysis
Mustafa Barghouti, The Nation

In Opening Its Embassy in Jerusalem, the US Has Slammed the Door on the Peace Process

Today, amid great official fanfare, the Trump administration will move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the city where I was born, began my medical career, and which, like millions of other Palestinians, I am barred from entering today.

on May 14, 2018
U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Draws Criticism From Palestine News Roundup
David Keyes, MSNBC

U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Draws Criticism From Palestine

Diana Buttu, former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization, says Jerusalem is not recognized by most of the world because Israel acquired the land by force. When the U.S. did this by moving its embassy there, it gave the “green light” for Israel to expand controversial settlements.

on May 13, 2018
Quick Facts: Jerusalem Fact Sheets

Quick Facts: Jerusalem

Since Israel’s establishment in 1948, the United Nations and international community have not recognized the sovereignty of any country to any part of Jerusalem in the absence of a permanent peace agreement in the region.

on May 4, 2018
Why I March in Gaza Op-Eds & Analysis
Fadi Abu Shammalah, The New York Times

Why I March in Gaza

Early in the morning on March 30, my 7-year-old son, Ali, saw me preparing to leave the house. This was unusual for our Friday routine. “Where are you going, Dad?” “To the border. To participate in the Great Return March.”

on April 28, 2018
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.

on April 20, 2018
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.

on April 19, 2018