Category Archives: Nakba

66 years ago today 42 members of my family were slaughtered in Deir Yassin

Tareq Radi tells his family’s story during the massacre in the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin.

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On American Zionist Education: An excerpt from ‘The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans’

An excerpt from Marcy Jane Knopf-Newman’s book The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans which shows that Zionism is relatively new to Hebrew school programs. Its explicit inclusion into curricular materials was principally a post-1967 development.

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‘Embracing Democracy’ event at DC Jewish community center broaches the Nakba

Seth Morrison reports from the DC JCC where two events presented a new narrative of the events of 1948 for a communal Jewish space.

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Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the birth of Israel’s liberal settler state

An excerpt from Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel’s Liberal Settler State by Shira Robinson.

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Narrative stronger than weapons: the 23 short stories in ‘Gaza Writes Back’

Refaat Alarer, editor of a new volume of short fiction from Gaza, writes: ‘Palestine is a martyr away, a tear away, a missile away, or a whimper away. Palestine is “a story away.”

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The Almond Tree: A peace proposal

A spirited debate has followed Susan Abulhawa’s critical review of Michelle Corasanti’s book, The Almond Tree, originally posted on Aljazeera and reposted on Mondoweiss together with the author’s rebuttal. Hatim Kanaaneh tries to bring the discussion to some kind of amicable end:

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Interview with Dr. Haidar Eid: ‘The Palestinian struggle is not about independence — it is about liberation’

David Letwin (Jews for Palestinian Right of Return) interviews Dr. Haidar Eid, Associate Professor, Department of English Literature, Al-Aqsa University, Gaza Strip, Palestine. Dr. Eid is also a one-state activist and a member of Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”

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International ‘Day of Rage’ against the Prawer Plan today

Today, activists in Israel/Palestine, and around the world, will carry out a “day of rage” to protest the Prawer Plan, an Israeli government plan to destroy 35 Arab villages in the Negev desert that will lead to the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Bedouin citizens of the state of Israel in order to clear the land for Israeli Jews. The call to action for the protests says, “Injustice, humiliation and forced displacement are a recurring theme in Palestine’s history. This is lesson that we as a group of youth take to the heart. We will oppose, resist and work against the continuous assault that our communities, across Palestine face. Therefore, we launched the ‘Prawer will not pass’ campaign with an eye to preventing this plan to be yet another chapter in Palestine’s long and tragic history. Opposing the Prawer Plan is to oppose ethnic cleansing, displacement and confinement in the 21st century. “

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Once and Future Bride of the Sea: A historian discusses the history of Jaffa from the Nakba until today

Tel Aviv – Jaffa City Councillor Sami Abou Shehadeh discusses the history of Jaffa, pre- and post-Nakba.

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Love under apartheid

Palestinians Louay Odeh and Areen Sweetat (groom and bride above) had to get married in Jordan because they lived across checkpoints from one another. Their friend Tamam Abusalama explains, Love under occupation is especially complicated when one’s lover has a different Hawiyyeh (ID card) from that of the other. I wonder why only we, Palestinians, must think a billion times before letting our hearts open up to a Palestinian living on the other side of Palestine? Why should our love stories be so complicated, be so agonizing?

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What Comes Next: A secular democratic state in historic Palestine – a promising land


Our series “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm” returns today with entries from Omar Barghouti and Udi Aloni. Barghouti describes the process of decolonization in Israel/Palestine writing: “Decolonization should not be understood as a blunt and absolute reversal of colonization . . . [but] should be regarded as a negation of the aspects of colonialism that deny the rights of the colonized indigenous population and, as a byproduct, dehumanize the colonizers themselves.” Aloni makes the case for binationalism saying, “it is the reality that we still refuse to recognize. Now, after one hundred years of conflict, with no solution in sight, the time has come to present binationalism in all its glory.”

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Is the Jewish Theological Seminary dreaming of a world where Palestine and Palestinians don’t exist?

This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Most people assume I was trained in the Reform movement.  They’re wrong.  I started my Hebrew School … Continue reading

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Israeli right wants to muzzle discussion of the Nakba and Palestinian history

The Israeli right continues to try to halt discussion of the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. Most recently, Al Jazeera reports that right wing groups have tried to censor schoolbooks and silence organizations that make visible to the Israeli public the Nakba.

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The Desert of Israeli Democracy: A trip through the Negev Desert leads to the heart of Israel’s national nightmare

While Benjamin Netanyahu ranted against Iran in New York City and in a meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, his government was preparing to implement the Prawer Plan, a blueprint for the expulsion of 40,000 indigenous Bedouin citizens of Israel from their ancestral Negev Desert communities that promised to “concentrate” them in state-run, reservation-style townships. The Prawer Plan is only one element of the government’s emerging program to dominate all space and the lives of all people between the river (the Jordan) and the sea (the Mediterranean).

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What Comes Next: Even one state may not be enough

We are proud to introduce our new series “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.” This idea was initiated by Jewish Voice for Peace as an investigation into the current state of thinking about one state and two state solutions, and we jumped at the opportunity to host the exchange which couldn’t be more timely as we mark 20 years of the moribund Oslo peace process. In this first post, activist and human rights attorney Noura Erakat raises questions about the feasibility of both the one and two state solutions as a path forward.

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‘The bra is a security threat’: Harassment and interrogation at Ben Gurion airport

Here is yet another story of a Palestinian being harassed while trying to travel through Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. Anonymous lives in Berkeley, her father is Palestinian and her mother is Jewish. Here she recounts how she was interrogated and strip searched while trying to leave Israel/Palestine after visiting family in Jaffa and Tel Aviv, “I had been mistreated, combed out of the crowd and profiled, my time wasted and my dignity subsequently stepped all over without a second thought. I had been treated like a criminal for having an identity that I was born into, told explicitly in each of these actions that I did not belong here and had no place here at all as a person with Palestinian heritage. Harassed and picked out from the rest because of my name, my history, the assumptions that go with them, and my very intention to visit my family, many of who cannot visit me in the USA.”

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Does the passing of time affect the rights of the displaced to return?: Palestinian claims for reparation in international context

Does the passing of time affect the rights of displaced people wishing to return to their property? Is there a difference between those returning the day, or a week, after a forcible eviction and those who still seek to return after many years? If so, how does this impact the rights of Palestinian refugees? These were the questions running through Mick Dumper’s mind as he reviewed material collected from case studies across the world and over the history of forced displacement during the past sixty years. The answer to all three questions, it seems, is both yes and no. This study examines nine cases of reparations to refugees and displaced people and concludes that while many rights endure, over time new rights also emerge which complicate a resolution of forcible eviction.

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There Are No Facts: Excerpt from Max Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel’


We’re excited to share an exclusive excerpt from Max Blumenthal’s new book ‘Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.’ In this chapter titled “There Are No Facts,” Blumenthal tells the story of how forests constructed by the Jewish National Fund have been used throughout Israel’s history to dispossess the indigenous Palestinians of their land, and how Israelis rationalize this dispossession. Blumenthal visits the Israeli artist colony of Eid Hod, built on the ruins of the Palestinian Ayn Hawd, and is told by a tour guide, “I’ve concluded after years of research that there are really no facts when you discuss this issue. There are only narratives.”

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Lifta and Battir: Parallel cases of the ongoing Nakba

The story of the ongoing Nakba in two Jerusalem villages – Lifta and Battir – has been enforced quite differently yet it highlights several constant threads. Standing at the bottom of the valley in Battir today, essentially on the ‘Green Line’, olive trees to the west are, according to colonial impositions, in ‘Israel’ whilst to the east they are in ‘Palestine’ despite belonging to the same families. Such demarcations visually highlight the immorality and sheer ridiculousness of the historic division of Palestine. Similarly, for the Liftawi elders who live within eyesight of their original houses and who regularly take their children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren to ‘visit’ and clean the village graves of their ancestors, there is no moral, legal or ethical justification for this division.

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Ethnic Cleansing by Bureaucracy: Israel’s policy of destroying Palestinian homes

Underpinning most home demolitions is Israel’s strategic goal of limiting the non-Jewish Palestinian population, or removing it altogether, from areas of the occupied territories and Israel proper. In particular, Israel wants to cement its hold over occupied East Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, and to “Judaize” East Jerusalem and areas such as the Negev desert in southern Israel.

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Israel’s apartheid isn’t just political, it’s ideology wrapped in history and religion

Every nation has a civil religion. That’s how a national ethos is evoked. Civil religion starts out with those who dominate the political landscape but, like the political process itself, evolves over time. Civil religion expands as the nation expands its view of national history. Israel’s civil religion was on display in Netanyahu’s address – in a primitive form.

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From Truth to Redress: Tel Aviv conference to convene on the grounds of Shaykh Muwannis to explore practical aspects of Palestinian return

Program for upcoming conference, “From Truth to Redress: Realizing the Return of the Palestinian Refugees”

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A note from Roger Waters to Abe Foxman

Roger Waters responds to an ADL open letter which said, “Water’s views on Israel are colored by offensive and dangerous undercurrents of anti-Jewish sentiment.”

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Remembering Jaffa


Amal Salem recounts a conversation she had with a young Jewish woman as they waited to board a flight to Israel/Palestine. The woman explained she was visiting her parents on Salameh Street in Jaffa, and was left speechless when Salem told her that her husband’s family was driven from the same area in 1948. This was the not first time Salem encountered this type of reaction when confronting Israelis with the Nakba. Above, an old mosque in the destroyed Palestinian village of Salemeh which is now located in the Kfar Shalem neighborhood of Tel Aviv.

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6.8 million Palestinian refugees and counting – Towards a popular strategy for resisting forcible displacement

Following World Refugee Day, June 20th, 2013 the central issue to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict continues to be the mass displacement of Palestinians. The creation of refugees, currently 6.8 million, and refusing their Right of Return is a main component of the ongoing Nakba. The violent uprooting of Palestinians from their homeland was waged in an evolving way from 1947 to the present.

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