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The Middle East's New Nakba

John Feffer | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
John Feffer

Today, the Middle East is witnessing a large-scale population transfer, the third major one in the region over the last century. Religion and ethnicity play a significant role in the displacement. But ideology also has a hand in it.

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Is Dead and Both Sides Killed It

Carlo Strenger | Posted 08.14.2015 | World
Carlo Strenger

Padraig O'Malley's idea that both Israelis and Palestinians are so addicted to their meaning-systems ("narratives") that they are willing to slide into a chaotic abyss is chilling, but seems strongly supported by recent history and current facts.

The Bigger Picture of the Negev's Umm al-Hiran

Nadim Nashif | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Nadim Nashif

For the past 60 years, Arab Palestinian Bedouin populations in southern Israel have struggled to simply stay on their land in the face of discrimination and the threat of displacement. For residents of Umm al-Hiran in the southern Naqab, time is running out.

Refugees: Existence. Resistance. Persistence.

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

World Refugee Day, held each year on June 20th, honors the resilience, courage and determination of more than 50 million refugees forced to flee their homeland under the threat of persecution and violence.

Reflections on a National Gathering of Jewish Peace and Justice Activists

Donna Nevel | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Donna Nevel

Guided by the weekend's theme -- We're not waiting -- more than 600 people from across the country gathered both to envision the future and think concretely about how to be as meaningfully engaged as possible with the movement for justice in Palestine.

The Power of Weakness and the Weakness of Power

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

These are two traumatized people. For the Israelis insecurity has become existential. For the Palestinians humiliation has become the defining quality. Both are victims of nightmares of powerlessness and fantasies of power.

Palestinians March To Mark Their 1948 Displacement

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian teens in a West Bank clash that erupted Thursday after Palestinians marked their...

Independence and Nakba: Intertwined and Inseparable

Avraham Burg | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Avraham Burg

Israel's Independence Day is also Nakba Day. This is inescapable. The reality of Israeliness can't help but incorporate not only the Jewish story but the Palestinian story as well.

Asking the Hard Questions About Israel

John Feffer | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Amid all the disagreements, however, one thing is certain. Progress can only be made through talking. If a work of art encourages that kind of debate, it is part of the solution, not part of the problem. The Admission offers no easy answers. But no one should try to stop it from asking the hard questions.

The Fig Orchard Discovered: An Interview with Author Layla Fiske

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
E. Nina Rothe

Fiske tells the story of Nisrina, and her love Jabran, across ages and lands, borders that are created by men and wars, joy and tragedy and most of all, their undying devotion for each other.

Making Visible the Nakba: A U.S.-Based Education Project

Donna Nevel | Posted 04.28.2014 | Education
Donna Nevel

Since 2002, the Israeli NGO Zochrot ("Remembering" in Hebrew) has attempted to broaden Jewish Israelis' understanding of the events that took place in the period before, during, and after the creation of the State of Israel.

Best of Toronto 2013: Mais Darwazah's My Love Awaits Me by the Sea

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.07.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

In her latest project My Love Awaits Me by the Sea, Palestinian filmmaker Mais Darwazah decides to fall in love, and through that love, show the homeland she also discovers for the first time.

Some Things Never Change: The Prawer Plan and the Legacy of the Nakba

Rabbi Alissa Wise | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Rabbi Alissa Wise

The displacement of the Bedouin population of the Negev is a moral crisis that is part and parcel of the moral crisis that has existed since before 1948, within and over the Green Line.

Israeli Denial and the Nakba

Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi

An apology will not destroy Israel. Yet, it would be a first step towards making amends for the crimes of the past, acknowledging the wrongs of the present, and creating the space needed to work towards a just and lasting peace.

PHOTOS: Palestinians Exiled, Forgotten In Egypt

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 05.18.2013 | World

GEZIRAT AL-FADEL, Egypt -- In 1948, Suleiman Mamoudi fled by foot with his parents and other families from their village of Bir el-Sabae in Palestine....

Palestinians Mourn 65th Anniversary Of Displacement

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 07.15.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Tens of thousands of Palestinians marked the 65th anniversary of their mass displacement during the war over Israel's 1948...

Perpetuating Historic Victimhood Breeds New Victims

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.25.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The United States must support collective acts of civil disobedience by making every effort to facilitate peace. This is what the Israeli and Palestinian silent majority needs and hopes for, but they must first do their share by going to the streets and making their voices heard.

Thousands Of Palestinians March In Annual Mourning Ritual

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 07.15.2012 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinians on Tuesday marked their mass displacement that followed Israel's creation with a blend of sadness and hope, s...

Turning to the Past for Future Peace

Randa Farah | Posted 07.08.2012 | World
Randa Farah

Palestinian right of return is not only just but viable, even though at this historical juncture it seems far-fetched. Only the recognition and fulfillment of this right -- all the more important as the 64th anniversary of the Nakba approaches -- will lead to justice and secure a lasting peace.

The Story of Munib Al-Masri

Sari Anabtawi | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
Sari Anabtawi

Munib Al-Masri, an unarmed American citizen, was shot by the Israeli military on May 15 while protesting against Israel on the day Palestinians mark the Nakba -- or catastrophe -- of our dispossession in 1948.

The Worst And Best Of Times: Arrogance And Resistance

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The worst danger facing the world today is the arrogance of powerful men and institutions toward the warp and woof of human communities and the weave of life-forms on our planet.

For Palestinians, Every Day is Nakba Day

Bradley Burston | Posted 07.23.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

There will be those who argue that Jews owe Palestinians nothing in connection with the Nakba. Not true. At the very least, on Nakba Day and every other, Jews owe Palestinians what Jews demand of Palestinians.

Nakba Is in the Eyes of the Beholder

David Suissa | Posted 07.18.2011 | World
David Suissa

Perhaps the biggest disaster is the inability of the Arab world to see the Jewish state as anything but a cursed presence. Call me a cynic, but I don't think peace has a chance when Arabs still see the birth of Israel as a Nakba.

Israel: Your Last Chance Is Now

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 07.18.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

Israel must take the initiative now. It is its last chance. If it does not it will be destined for one of two outcomes -- a one-state solution or no state.

Abu Mazen: Man of Peace?

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Abu Mazen's case for going to the U.N. for support of a Palestinian state because there is no other way is a gross distortion of events, which again raises questions about his intent.