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  • Perpetrator As Victim: No End To A Self-Inflicted "Tragedy"

    05/16/2016 10:45:13 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | May 16, 2016 | Daniel Mandel
    Perpetrator As Victim: No End To A Self-Inflicted "Tragedy" What "Nakba" commemorations really disclose. May 16, 2016 Daniel Mandel    Yesterday, May 15, Palestinians and their supporters, as they have done increasingly over recent years, marked the nakba (Arabic for ‘catastrophe’) –– the day 68 years ago that Israel came into existence upon the expiry of British rule under a League of Nations mandate. That juxtaposition of Israel and nakba isn’t accidental. We’re meant to understand that Israel’s creation caused the displacement of hundreds of thousand of Palestinian Arabs.  But the truth is different. A British document from the...
  • Heavy Backlash Forces Brown University’s Hillel to Pull Sponsorship of ‘Nakba Day’ Event

    05/12/2016 6:42:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Brown University’s Hillel has pulled its sponsorship of a Wednesday event commemorating the 1948 Palestinian Arab exodus from Israel — more commonly referred to as the “Nakba” — following heavy backlash, The Algemeiner has learned. Hillel, along with other pro-Israel and Jewish student organizations, initially agreed to sponsor the campus event set to feature a film screening and discussion of the Nakba, an Arabic word which literally translates as “disaster” or “catastrophe.” Nakba Day is generally observed on May 15, the day after Israel’s Independence Day on the Gregorian calendar, and often sees heavy rioting and violent protest by Palestinians...
  • For the first time a 'Palestinian Nakba' event is disrupted (at St Johns Wood church)

    05/26/2014 3:31:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 5/26/14 | Carl in Jeruslaem
    Here's the video maker's description: I went along to this nakba event with two signs. 'Palestinian christians are persecuted by palestinian muslims how can this church support this?' The other saying 'If you dont believe me ask Christy Anastas' (A palestinian christian who is pro Israel and exposes the PA and Hamas. Those two girls confronting me. Imagine how they would be treated dressed like that under hamas control? Or being harassed by men who go unpunished in the PA?! Yet they want to blame Israel, where Palestinians in Jerusalem have applied for Israeli citizenship I wonder why?! Let's go...
  • NYU Students Stage Nakba Day ‘Die-In’ while 2 Rioters Killed in Israel

    05/15/2014 10:33:48 AM PDT · by Tzvi · 7 replies
    The Jewish Independent ^ | May 15, 2014 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Israeli soldier and police killed two Palestinian Authority rioters on Thursday during violent “Nakba Day” riots in Judea and Samaria. Across the ocean, radical pro-Arabs at New York University are to stage a “die-in” protest to “simulate the massacre of Palestinians by Zionist forces.”
  • Palestinians mark their 1948 displacement (AP pushes the lie)

    05/15/2014 4:35:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 15, 2014 6:00 AM EDT | Mohammed Daraghmeh
    Palestinians marched in the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday to commemorate their displacement in the 1948 Mideast war that followed the establishment of the state of Israel. Sirens wailed at noon in Ramallah and elsewhere across the West Bank for 66 seconds to symbolize the number of years since the “Nakba,” or “catastrophe” in Arabic—the term Palestinians use to describe their defeat and displacement in the war. Israel overcame the armies of surrounding Arab states as well as local Arabs who attacked after the Jewish state was declared on May 15, 1948. […] “It is time for the leaders...
  • The Guardian asks if 4.9 million Palestinian “refugees” will “return” to cities…where they never

    07/30/2013 12:07:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies ^ | 7/30/13 | staff
    Those who get their news from the mainstream media (or the Guardian) could be forgiven for believing that there are nearly 5 million Palestinian refugees from the 1948-49 Arab-Israeli War. So often is that figure bandied around that most don’t understand that it only reflects the number of Palestinians qualifying for “refugee” benefits under the bizarre formula of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency by which the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren (ad infinitum) of actual refugees continue to inherit this status. This designation is even bestowed upon those Palestinians who are already citizens of other countries. (Using such demographic...
  • Video: Arabs Demolish a Section of Security Barrier

    07/09/2013 3:26:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    inn ^ | 7/9/13 | Elad Benari
    Dozens of Palestinian Authority Arabs on Tuesday created a hole through the security barrier that runs between the Arab village of Abu Dis and Jerusalem. The Arabs said that IDF forces who were stationed nearby dispersed them using tear gas and stun grenades. A similar incident took place two months ago, when dozens of Arab men held a protest against the security barrier, taking large hammers and creating a gaping hole in the wall. Several men used the hole to enter Jerusalem without going through a security checkpoint. That protest was part of the “Nakba Day” events in which Arabs...
  • Golan: Israel troops fire on pro-Palestinian protesters

    06/05/2011 3:23:51 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 37 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 5 June 2011 | BBC
    Israeli soldiers have opened fired on pro-Palestinian protesters in Syria as they marched on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
  • Abbas's Fable

    05/20/2011 5:31:05 PM PDT · by forty_years · 1 replies
    NETWMD ^ | May 20, 2011 | Efraim Karsh
    ... But was he expelled? Hardly. Not only did Abbas reveal a couple of years ago, in an Arabic interview, that his family had not been forcefully expelled and that his father was affluent enough to provide for them for a year after their flight (so no canvas tent), but none of the 170,000- 180,000 Palestinian Arabs fleeing urban centers, in the five-and-a-half months from the passing of the UN resolution to Israel's proclamation on May 14, 1948, were expelled by the Jews. Quite the reverse in fact, huge numbers of these refugees were driven from their homes by their...
  • The Arab Apartheid (excellent essay )

    05/18/2011 8:26:00 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 6 replies
    MidEast Truth ^ | Ben Dror Yemini
    The real “nakba,” which is the story of the Arab apartheid. Tens of millions, among them Jews, suffered from the “nakba,” which included dispossession, expulsion and displacement. Only the Palestinians remained refugees because they were treated to abuse and oppression by the Arab countries. Below is the story of the real “nakba” In 1959, the Arab League passed Resolution 1457, which states as follows: “The Arab countries will not grant citizenship to applicants of Palestinian origin in order to prevent their assimilation into the host countries.” That is a stunning resolution, which was diametrically opposed to international norms in everything...
  • Is The Invasion Of Israel Imminent?

    05/17/2011 7:06:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 17, 2011 | Staff
    Sovereignty: The "Arab Spring" is supposed to be about the liberation of the Middle East from the despotisms of the past. Funny that Arab protesters' latest target is the one and only stable democracy in the region: Israel. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak may be history after mass demonstrations led to an end to his rule and an uncertain future for the land of the Pharaohs, a nation that in the not-too-distant past warred with Israel and allied itself with the Soviet Union. Moammar Gadhafi may not be in as comfortable...
  • The Arab Apartheid

    05/17/2011 9:13:20 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 4 replies
    MidEast Truth ^ | Ben Dror Yemini
    The real “nakba,” which is the story of the Arab apartheid. Tens of millions, among them Jews, suffered from the “nakba,” which included dispossession, expulsion and displacement. Only the Palestinians remained refugees because they were treated to abuse and oppression by the Arab countries. Below is the story of the real “nakba”
  • Deadly clashes on Israel's borders with Syria, Lebanon ( what is really happening)

    05/15/2011 6:32:28 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 21 replies
    Ynet News ^ | Hagai Einav
    By Sunday afternoon, the infiltrators began to make their way back to Syria following negotiations between the IDF, police and Druze elders. The forces tried not to intervene as the Syrian youngsters marched back to their country while calling out "we'll be back," encouraged by applause from the Druze villagers who looked on. By 5 pm Sunday, the IDF said that all infiltrators left Israeli territory. 'We come in peace' "I'm tired of living in Syria, we'd rather die than see more bloodshed," one of the Syrian infiltrators into Majdal Shams told Ynet earlier. He called on Israel to grant...
  • The Case of the Missing Nakbas

    05/15/2011 10:37:52 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/5/11 | Gerald A. Honigman
    It's that time of the year again...May 15th. Arabs and their stooges get to prance around and curse the Jews over the "catastrophe" (nakba)--Israel's rebirth. A resurrection which occurred on about 12% of the original April 25,1920 Mandate of Palestine after what is now Jordan made off with the lions' share (about 80%) upon its own creation in 1922...a gift of British imperialist shanigans. In 1947, Arabs were offered about half of the 20% that was left but refused that second partition. In their eyes, almost 90% of Palestine was not enough. The name "Palestine" was bestowed upon Judea by...
  • Happy Nakba Day! By the Way, the “Palestinians” Are Not Really a People

    05/15/2011 10:22:09 AM PDT · by Texas Peartree · 8 replies
    The Voice of Reason ^ | May 15, 2011 | Texas Peartree
    Every people enjoy a favorite holiday. For many Americans it is the yearly celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, or the feast eaten by pilgrims with their Native American hosts. These events mark the beginning of the American people. For many Jews the celebration revolves around the Jewish New Year, when the Lord created the world, or Passover, when the Jews were freed from Egyptian slavery. At that points the Jews truly became a people, as they wandered for forty years after their Exodus. For the made up people known as Palestinians, the big event is Nakba...
  • Iran, Syria, Libya, Turkey Stage Palestine PR Event Nakba in Israel

    05/14/2011 8:54:44 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 9 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | May 14, 2011 | Joel Leyden
    Iran, Syria, Libya, Turkey Stage Palestine PR Event Nakba in Israel By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem ---- May 14, 2011 ...... It's not about Palestine or the Palestinians. What the world is about to witness is event marketing at its very, oil funded best. Iran, Syria, Libya, Turkey and Qatar are now funding a PR diversion away from the hundreds of murders in Syria and Libya by government forces against pro democracy citizens and focusing on Israel. Whenever Arab states are forced to confront poverty, disease and a total lack of basic human rights in their own countries...
  • The Nakba Obsession

    07/29/2010 8:03:56 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 45 replies · 6+ views
    City Journal ^ | SOL STERN
    A specter is haunting the prospective Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations—the specter of the Nakba. The literal meaning of the Arabic word is “disaster”; but in its current, expansive usage, it connotes a historical catastrophe inflicted on an innocent and blameless people (in this case, the Palestinians) by an overpowering outside force (international Zionism). The Nakba is the heart of the Palestinians’ backward-looking national narrative, which depicts the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 as the original sin that dispossessed the land’s native people. Every year, on the anniversary of Israel’s independence, more and more Palestinians (including Arab citizens of...
  • Nakba Day and the Fraud

    The Palestinians have been holding the title of “refugees” for over six decades . They have succeeded in creating a unique historical narrative for themselves . This myth is growing, so it should be shattered and the real facts presented: the Palestinian population before the first Aliya was sparse, hundreds of thousands of Jews were also expelled from Arab countries, and there is no precedent anywhere in the world for the right of return. The Nakba - the story of the Palestinian refugees is the greatest success story in the history of modern times - a success that is a...
  • Iraqi Author Aref Alwan: The Jews Have an Historic Right to Palestine

    03/17/2010 9:22:52 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 23 replies · 454+ views
    memri ^ | Apr, 2008
    Iraqi Author 'Aref 'Alwan: The Jews Have an Historic Right to Palestine In an article posted December 7, 2007, on the leftist website,[1] 'Aref 'Alwan, an Iraqi author and playwright who resides in London and is the author of 12 novels,[2] states that the Jews have an historic right to Palestine because their presence there preceded the Arab conquest and has continued to this day. In the article, titled "Do the Jews Have Any Less Right to Palestine than the Arabs?" 'Alwan called on the Arab world to acknowledge the Jews' right to Palestine, because justice demanded it and...
  • The Jewish Nakba: Expulsions, Massacres and Forced Conversions

    Every year on the 15th of May, the Palestinians - and many others around the world along with them - "celebrate" Nakba Day. For them, this is the day that marks the great catastrophe that befell them as result of the establishment of the State of Israel. Hundreds of thousands of Arabs became refugees. Some fled, some were deported. The Nakba grew to such enormous proportions that it is preventing a solution to the dispute. We must remember that in the 1940s, population exchanges and deportations for the purpose of creating national states were the accepted norm. Tens of millions...
  • Netanyahu: Gov't swapped Jabotinsky with Nakba

    08/20/2008 6:38:09 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 9 replies · 180+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug 21, 2008 | Staff
    "The government took Ze'ev Jabotinsky out of the school textbooks and inserted the Nakba [the Palestinian "disaster" of Israel's founding] instead," opposition leader and Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday during a special Knesset session called during the legislature's summer recess. Netanyahu was referring to the decision by Education Minister Yuli Tamir (Labor) to remove the writings of Jabotinsky from the curriculum. Jabotinsky (1880-1940) founded the Zionism revisionist movement, the precursor to the Likud Party. He also helped form the British army's Jewish Legion during World War I, and the Irgun (IZL) underground movement. In addition, he was an author,...
  • Israel demands UN strike 'Nakba' from its lexicon

    05/18/2008 3:37:01 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 7 replies · 89+ views
    Ynet ^ | 05.16.08 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    World body's spokeswoman says Ki-moon phoned Abbas to stress his support for Palestinians on day marking 'catastrophe' of Israel's inception; Israel demands retraction WASHINGTON - Israel is demanding that the UN strike the word 'Nakba' from its lexicon, this after the world body's spokeswoman uttered it, apparently by mistake, in a press briefing she held Thursday night. 'Nakba', or 'catastrophe', refers to the refugee flight of Palestinian Arabs that followed Israel's inception in 1948. The spokeswoman told reporters that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "phoned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to stress his support for the Palestinian people on Nakba Day". An...
  • Wanted for alternative ceremony: Arabs

    05/12/2008 9:34:16 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 60+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | May 13, 2008 | Yoav Stern and Fadi Eyadat
    Only 20 of the 160 people who showed up to participate in the conference connecting Nakba Day and Independence Day were Arab Unlike those who relate them, the Israeli-Jewish narrative and the Palestinian-Arab narratives usually share what seems to be a productive coexistence, a kind of strange mutual support system: the more one develops and grows, so its colleague-rival is reinforced and strengthened. So just now there is a festival of narratives: the traditional torch-lighting on Mount Herzl was accompanied last week by a "Procession of Return" event, which is held annually on the Hebrew date of Independence Day, and...
  • Columbia’s Catastrophic “Nakba” Conference

    05/08/2008 4:53:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies · 70+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 5-8-08 | Mary Madigan
    Columbia’s Catastrophic “Nakba” Conference   By Mary | Thursday, May 08, 2008 As Israelis look towards the future in their celebration of the nation’s 60th birthday, some Palestinians cling to the past by commemorating what they call the “Nakba” or “the catastrophe.” A faculty panel discussion held at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) last month and titled, “60 Years of Nakba—The Catastrophe of Palestine 1948-2008,” was one of many similar lamentations held worldwide. The tone from the outset was grim. Speakers acknowledged that another “Nakba” anniversary was confirmation that combined Palestinian and Arab attempts...
  • Jordan bans 'Nakba' commemorations

    05/08/2008 5:39:52 PM PDT · by Alouette · 16 replies · 93+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May 8, 2008 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Jordanian authorities have banned all events marking the "Nakba," or Catastrophe, as Arabs refer to the creation of Israel 60 years ago. Several pro-Palestinian groups and Jordanian opposition parties has been planning to hold a rally in Amman on Friday. But the authorities informed the organizers of the decision to ban the event, as well as other "illegal public gatherings." The Islamic Labor Front, which was planning a major rally in the capital, condemned the ban as unconstitutional. The party expressed outrage over the decision, noting that the Jordanian government had allowed the Israeli Embassy in Amman to celebrate Israeli...
  • After 60 Years, Arabs in Israel Are Outsiders

    05/08/2008 3:40:04 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 22 replies · 118+ views
    The NY Times ^ | May 7, 2008 | ETHAN BRONNER
    JERUSALEM — As Israel toasts its 60th anniversary in the coming weeks, rejoicing in Jewish national rebirth and democratic values, the Arabs who make up 20 percent of its citizens will not be celebrating. Better off and better integrated than ever in their history, freer than a vast majority of other Arabs, Israel’s 1.3 million Arab citizens are still far less well off than Israeli Jews and feel increasingly unwanted. On Thursday, which is Independence Day, thousands will gather in their former villages to protest what they have come to call the “nakba,” or catastrophe, meaning Israel’s birth. For most...
  • How ‘nakba’ proves the fiction of a Palestinian Nation

    05/08/2008 12:11:22 PM PDT · by Alouette · 12 replies · 68+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | May 8, 2008 | Steven Plaut
    Over the past few years, the term nakba (also spelled naqba) has become the favorite nonsense word of the Anti-Israel Lobby. Meaning "catastrophe" in Arabic, it has been embraced by anti-Semites all over the planet to refer to Israel's creation, which supposedly imposed a "catastrophe" upon the "disenfranchised Palestinian Arabs." Of course, the real catastrophe that befell the Arabs in 1948-49 was that they failed in their attempt to annihilate Israel and exterminate its population, and for that they paid a price. Meanwhile, nakba Nonsense has been spreading. Google finds over 85,000 web pages referring to Israel's creation as a...
  • Obama’s Pastor Questioned Israel’s Legitimacy

    05/07/2008 3:09:37 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 9 replies · 99+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 5/7/08 | Bill Levinson
    We are coming up on the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Israel or, as the Trinity United Church of Christ’s friends in the Sabeel Ecuminical Liberation Theology Center put it, the Nakba or “catastrophe.” Sabeel’s denial of Israel’s right to exist is entirely consistent with a Trinity United Church of Christ bulletin–the official bulletin of the church of which Barack Hussein Obama has been a member for more than 20 years–in which Jeremiah Wright questions Israel’s legitimacy as a nation. Per “Look Again,” Most of our members do not know that my Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago’s...
  • How 'Nakba' Proves There's No Palestinian Nation-The favorite nonsense word of the Anti-Israel Lobby

    05/06/2008 7:32:35 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies · 183+ views
    The Jewish Press | Frontpagemagazine ^ | May 06, 2008 | Steven Plaut
    Over the past few years, the term nakba (also spelled naqba) has become the favorite nonsense word of the Anti-Israel Lobby. Meaning “catastrophe” in Arabic, it has been embraced by anti-Semites all over the planet to refer to Israel’s creation, which supposedly imposed a “catastrophe” upon the “disenfranchised Palestinian Arabs.” Of course, the real catastrophe that befell the Arabs in 1948-49 was that they failed in their attempt to annihilate Israel and exterminate its population, and for that they paid a price. Meanwhile, Nakba Nonsense has been spreading. Google finds over 85,000 web pages referring to Israel’s creation as a...
  • Caption The Midget Palestinian (Nakba Day)

    05/02/2008 8:52:28 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies · 536+ views
    yahoo | 5/1/08
    Original caption for both photos: Palestinians take part in a play in commemoration of Nakba Day "The Day of Catastrophe" during a rally in Gaza May 1, 2008. Palestinians will mark Nakba on May 15 as a day of mourning for the establishment of Israel after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war which led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.
  • Court allows Nakba Day procession [Israeli Arabs mourn their failure to destroy Israel]

    05/01/2008 7:01:22 AM PDT · by Alouette · 8 replies · 86+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May 1, 2008 | Rebecca Ann Stoil
    A Nazareth District Court judge on Thursday allowed the Islamic Movement to organize an event in Kafr Kanna marking the 60th anniversary of the Nakba- or 'catastrophe,' which is a day of mourning for the Arab dispersion following the establishment of the State of Israel. The matter was discussed in the court after the supervisory council in Kafr Kanna and the Interior Ministry refused to permit the proposed event claiming that it was purely political. The deputy leader of the Islamic Movement's northern branch, Kamal Hatib, praised the district court's decision saying, "they want to frighten us, but the judge...
  • Obama’s Pastor Urged Divestment from Israel, Called Zionism Racism

    04/18/2008 1:14:51 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 12 replies · 247+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 4/18/08 | Bill Levinson
    We remind our readers that Jeremiah Wright’s accusation that Israel created an “ethnic bomb” to kill Black people and Arabs was first exposed at IsraPundit []. Now we bring you more fresh revelations of anti-Israel hate speech from Barack Obama’s pastor of 20-plus years. With regard to the following, the United Church of Christ has ties to the Sabeel Ecuminical Liberation Theology Center, which refers to the creation of Israel (NOT the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the creation of Israel) as the Nakba or “catastrophe.” Trumpet Magazine The Israelis have illegally occupied Palestinian territories for almost 40...
  • Put the blame where it belongs: The Arab world's crimes on the "Palestinians"

    12/01/2006 11:28:14 AM PST · by PRePublic · 2 replies · 375+ views
    Put the blame where it belongs: The Arab world's crimes on the "Palestinians" The Arab nations keep the Arab-Palestinians and their descendants in squalor. They are denied citizenship rights. They are denied work. They are denied property. They are denied their human rights because they are and always will be a political football in the Arab campaign against Israel.How early did Arab leaders start their crimes on the "Palestinians"?How many times have you heard the term "Palestinian refugees" but never heard the full story behind it? or the the Nakkba, known-coined by "Palestinians" as a catastrophe was actually self inflicted by adhering...
  • Israeli Arabs: Nakba our Holocaust Day

    05/15/2006 4:11:34 PM PDT · by Alouette · 9 replies · 329+ views
    YNet ^ | May 15, 2006 | Eli Senyor
    Arab party member says during Lod rally marking ‘disaster’ of Israel’s establishment ‘this is our memorial day; it is more important to us than the Holocaust is to the Jewish nation’; MK Zahalka: We have come here to say that the Arabs population will remain in Lod forever Some 1,500 Israeli-Arabs attended the central Nakba Day rally in Lod on Monday to mark the ‘disaster’ of the establishment of Israel. David Ben-Gurion declared Israel’s independence on this day, May 14, in 1948. “This is our memorial day,” National Democratic Assembly member Gabi Tanus told Ynet. “It is more important to...
  • Palestinians: Economic siege – real Nakba [BARF!]

    05/15/2006 9:07:12 AM PDT · by Alouette · 12 replies · 470+ views
    YNet ^ | May 15, 2006 | Ali Waked
    Palestinian Authority marks 'Disaster Day' for State of Israel's establishment. Gaza residents seem worn out, not eager to demonstrate; 'how could people be expected to go out and protest with no salaries?' Fatah activist explains Gaza residents on Monday marked the 58th Nakba Day – the "disaster" that struck the Palestinian people following the establishment of the State of Israel, which caused millions of Palestinians to become refugees all over the Arab world. This year, however, the day was different than before and stood in the shadow of what Gazans refer to as "the current Nakba" – the economic and...
  • The 58 years of relentless ‘nakba’

    05/15/2006 7:20:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies · 820+ views
    Gulf Times ^ | 5-15-06 | Karma Nabulsi
    IN THE last week of April 1948, combined Irgun-Haganah forces launched an offensive to drive the Palestinian people out of the beautiful port city of Jaffa, forcing the remaining inhabitants to flee by sea; many drowned in the process. My aunt Rose, a teenager at that time, survived the trip to begin her life in exile on the Lebanese coast. Each Palestinian refugee family grows up hearing again and again the stories of those final moments in Palestine, the decisions, the panic, as we live in the midst of their terrible consequences. Throughout 1948, Jewish forces expelled many thousands of...
  • Palestinians Lament Founding of Israel

    05/15/2005 1:56:24 PM PDT · by Alouette · 11 replies · 425+ views
    AP ^ | May 15, 2005 | Mohammed Daraghmeh
    RAMALLAH, West Bank - With sirens and rallies, Palestinians on Sunday mournfully commemorated the anniversary of what they call "Al Nakba," or "the catastrophe" — the uprooting of hundreds of thousands of their people with the 1948 creation of the state of Israel. While Israelis held barbecues, concerts and launched fireworks to celebrate the 57th anniversary of their independence Thursday — according to the date on the Hebrew calendar — Palestinians see the day very differently. "Our people will never forget and the generations will never forget," Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said in a speech aired on Palestine TV. "On...
  • PA Perpetuates Myth on "Catastrophe Day"

    05/15/2005 9:15:33 AM PDT · by Alouette · 14 replies · 419+ views
    Palestinian Authority Arabs are commemorating Catastrophe Day today: the establishment of the State of Israel. They vow not to forget their "national identity," which many experts say never existed. The Arabs commemorate Catastrophe Day, known in Arabic as the Nakba, on the anniversary of the event that led to the establishment of the State of Israel. The British mandate ended on Saturday, May 15, 1948, and in order not to clash with the Sabbath, David Ben-Gurion convened the Jewish provisional government the day before to declare the new state. The Nakba commemorations began at noon today with a minute-long siren...
  • Al-Nakba:The Palestinian Catastrophe 1948

    05/17/2002 8:16:43 AM PDT · by Aleksandar Vojvoda · 15 replies · 123+ views
    San Francisco Jewish Film Festival ^ | 7-18-98 | Deborah Kaufman
    Al-Nakba: The Palestinian Catastrophe 1948 Filmmakers in Person North American Premiere After the Screening: Audience Questions & Answers Israel/Netherlands, video, 60 min., English, Hebrew & Arabic w/English voice-over. Directors: Benny Brunner & Alexandra Jansse Palestinian refugees 1967 (above and below). Al-Nakba takes the most hotly contested and misunderstood moment of Israeli-Palestinian history and makes it come alive with intellectual clarity and emotional impact. Based on the book The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem by noted historian Benny Morris, Al-Nakba is the first documentary to examine the tragedy that accompanied the birth of the state of Israel in 1948 -...