Nakba – The Catastrophe نكبة

May 15 … Justice delayed another year.

لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?

People who deny the Holocaust are despicable!

What should we call the people who deny the Catastrophe (known as Al-Nakba)  that occurred only three years after the Holocaust?

  • Deliberately ignorant?
  • Callously blind?
  • Despicable?
  • Uninformed?

I knew nothing of نكبة  Al-Nakba until recently (perhaps the past 10 years) and confess I feel ashamed of my ignorance. My world history classes in the 1960s in Minnesota certainly taught me about the Holocaust in WWII but the lessons about the Middle East always focused on the founding of Israel (Golda Meir and David Ben-Gurion), never about the horrific ethnic cleansing that occurred.

The Nakba is a crime of historic proportions, when an estimated 750,000 Palestinians were deliberately expelled from their villages, 1000s of men, women and children were murdered, homes and businesses were ransacked and destroyed, all to make room for the new state of Israel.  Historian Ilan Pappe describes the crime…

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