In its story about a renewed investigation into the murder of Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali, this is how the New York Times describes the British occupation and then the Nakba:
“He fled his home in the British Mandate of Palestine at the age of 10 during the war that accompanied the creation of Israel.”
One little sentence that continues so many lies.
This is how the same history is shared on Handala.org, a website dedicated to al-Ali’s work and named after his most famous creation, Handala, a refugee child who represents the Palestinian search for justice:
Naji Al-Ali was born in 1936 in the Palestinian village of Ash Shajara. In 1948, Ash Shajara was one of the 480 villages destroyed in what is known as the “Nakba,” or catastrophe. The Nakba is the devastation of Palestine in the creation of the Israeli state: The Palestinians lost more than half of their land, massacres took place and 750,000 refugees were created. Naji Al-Ali was 10 years old when he and his family were expelled from Palestine to Ein Al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon.