NYT Uses ‘Nakba’ 34 Times in 10 Years

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Sean Lee has an interesting chart of 34 NYT references to "Nakba" over the last ten years. He shows it’s growing, not by leaps and bounds, but growing.

This shows that up until the 50th anniversary of the Nakba, the Times
had referred to it but twice. I have a feeling that before the year is
over, 2008 will beat out 2007 for the number of times the term is
employed. It’s unclear to me what exactly has caused the general
tide of public opinion to start moving (slowly but surely) away from
Israeli occupation in the US.

Heck, I didn’t know what Nakba was till two years ago. Some day there’s gonna be a Nakba memorial in D.C.

8 Responses

  1. Connie
    May 5, 2008, 4:30 pm

    Dennis Perrin muses about a career damaging human rights cause:

    link to dennisperrin.blogspot.com

  2. jim byers
    May 5, 2008, 4:43 pm

    Maybe there should be a Nakba memorial in Auschwitz.

  3. Charles Keating
    May 5, 2008, 5:38 pm

    How many references to the Holocaust in NYT over the last ten years?

    I just want to be sure Witty's sense of reasonable dialogue is met.

  4. Interesting question
    May 5, 2008, 8:20 pm

    C. Keating asked how many times the NYT has used the word 'holocaust'.

    I ran a quick Lexis-Nexis search, and got 53,495 hits.

  5. Interesting Question
    May 5, 2008, 8:24 pm

    whoops – I made a mistake. I covered *all* dates in the NYT. The question was for the last ten years.

    The result then is 1,000 hits. I don't know if that number is rounded off, as it appears to be, or just a coincidence.

  6. Joachim Martillo
    May 5, 2008, 8:43 pm

    I prefer the term Holoexaleipsis (Great Erasing), which covers more than a century of Zionist crimes.

    From link to eaazi.blogspot.com

    We in America really do have to rethink and revise our understanding of the Holocaust, and if we need to identify an archetypal genocide to use as the measure of all other modern genocides, the Holoexaleipsis, which is the Great Erasure that includes the Palestinian Nakba or Catastrophe, provides the best model. It was planned in cold-blood by racist Eastern Europeans during the late 19th century, the first major mass murders and ethnic cleansing took place during 1947-8, and it continues to this day right before our eyes. The Holoexaleipsis includes wholesale demonization of Arabs and Muslims along with the erasure of whole fields of scholarship (including Jewish as well as Arabic and Islamic studies) so that they can be rewritten to justify Zionist and American depredations on the peoples of the Middle East.

  7. rabee tourky
    May 5, 2008, 8:47 pm

    The refugee problem and their right of return to Israel has been central in the Palestinian narrative for many decades.

    However, the singularity of the association of the events surrounding the 1948 expulsion of Palestinians with the word an-nakba (the catastrophe) seems rather recent.

    It seems to me that initially it was coined to refer to the Arab (including Syrian, Egyptian, Iraqi…) defeat in 1948 rather than exclusively to the expulsion of Palestinian refugees, which are somewhat separate issues. The first is more concerned
    with the Arab National Movement narrative while the second focuses on the Palestinian narrative.

    With the regression of Arab Nationalism and the emergence of a Palestinian conscience that is separate from Arab nationalism, the word an-nakba has entered the Palestinian lexicon stripped of its pan Arab connotations. This however is a relatively recent phenomenon.

  8. bantam
    May 6, 2008, 6:34 am

    From May 5,1998 through May 5,2008 there are a mere 5,648 references to "Holocaust" in the NYT.

    From May 8,1945 through April 11,1961 (Eichmann trial & creation of a Jewish "Holocaust" by Hasbara Central) 652 references,with only a couple of them pertaining to The Scam.

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