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- 66 years of dispossession

We share poignant articles written on the Nakba and inspired by the Right of Return. A dose of hope in a painful struggle.  May 15, 2014 marks the 66th anniversary of the ongoing al-Nakba (the catastrophe).  As part of our commemoration of the over 6 decades of dispossession of the Palestinian people, we are featuring a number of education resources.


1. Electronic version of Al-Nakba commemoration photo exhibit - "Our Story 1948-2013"

2.  Interview with Rev. Robert Assaly

3.  Poignant articles written on the Nakba and inspired by the Right of Return

4. Palestinian Forced Labour Camps

5. Voices of Dispossession:  Interview with Dr. Ismail Zayed

6. Palestinians in Lebanon


"Our Story 1948-2013"

This photo exhibit commemorates the history of the dispossession of the Palestinian people, through 65 photos.

The exhibit is produced by Canadian Friends of Sabeel with Sabeel Jerusalem (www.sabeel.org)

Click here to view the exhibit on YouTube.



Interview with Rev. Robert Assaly

Rev. Robert Assaly, Anglican priest, chair of Canadian Friends of Sabeel and President of Necef Sabeel Canada, joined the program Caravan in the CKUT studio in Montreal to speak on the Nakba, an ongoing 66-year old catastrophe in Palestine.

Wednesday May 14, 2014's podcast



Poignant articles written on the Nakba and inspired by the Right of Return


Liberating Israeli Jews from the dark legacy of the Nakba
The Nakba has been relegated to the dark basement of Zionist ideology, where people are afraid to tread or even look. The ghosts of the past, however, will only disappear once the sin of 1948 is recognized.
By Anwar Ben Badis

On Nakba Day, Israelis forced to confront a guilty secret
For 66 years Israel’s founding generation has lived with a guilty secret, one it successfully concealed from the generations that followed. Forests were planted to hide war crimes. School textbooks mythologised the events surrounding Israel’s creation. The army was blindly venerated as the most moral in the world.
By Jonathan Cook

Despite efforts to erase it, the Nakba's memory is more present than ever in Israel
The Israeli Right has been waging a war on history in recent years, using extreme measures to remove evidence of the Nakba from the national discourse. It failed.
By Noam Sheizaf

Who's afraid of the right of return?
The thought of six million Palestinian refugees entering Israel can be scary, even terrifying. But it turns out there are real, practical steps that we can take to mitigate those fears, and they don’t have to come at the expense of those living here.
By Alma Biblash

"I can coexist with Israelis but only when I return home," says Nakba survivor.
“Our life was great. We lived in peace, working in our own lands,” Um al-Walid Eid says of Zarnuqa village before the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
Rami Almeghari


Palestinian Forced Labour Camps

The following information was compiled by Palestinian researcher Salman Abu Sitta.

"This important subject is rarely mentioned, labor camps were indeed set up in Palestine. Typical expulsion pattern of a Palestinian village followed these lines:

The village is attacked and besieged from 3 sides leaving the fourth open to facilitate expulsion. Men and women were separated in two groups. The women with children were expelled to Lebanon, Jenin, Ramallah or Gaza (depending on location) after being stripped of their valuables. Young men, about 20 - 100 in number, were selected, shot and killed in groups of 4 - 6, after an earlier group had been ordered to dig mass graves for them. Other able-bodied men were taken to labor camps. Their immediate task was to bury the dead in other villages, to demolish Arab houses, to remove the debris from already demolished houses and carry salvaged items to Jewish homes. Generally they did arduous and dangerous jobs. They were fed a slice of bread daily. They were kept in crammed concentration camps. Their conditions improved after Red Cross (ICRC) visits."


The International Red Cross visited the labor camps. Their report on 06 February 1949 (No. G59/I/GC), now released 50 years later, gives the following list:

1. Camp No. 791 in Ijlil, near Herzlia, 1991 prisoners, Israeli Commander Mosedale.

2. Camp 792 in Atlit, near Haifa, 1640 prisoners, Israeli Commander Weissbach.

3. Camp 793 in Sarafand, near Ramle, 1360 prisoners, Israeli Commander Rappaport.

4. Camp 794 in Tel Litvinsky, near Tel Aviv, 1310 prisoners, Israeli Commander Kossovsky.

Click here to read more on the Palestinian Forced Labour Camps.



Voices of Dispossession

Interview with Dr. Ismail Zayid of Halifax

Dr. Zayid shares his family’s story of the Nakba. He recalls how that catastrophe has had a tremendous impact on his life and led to his engagement as a Palestinian in the diaspora with organizations like NECEF and CFOS.

Click here to read Dr. Zayid's interview.

For more information on Dr. Zayid's story and Al-Nakba, please click here.



Palestinians in Lebanon

The Massacre of Sabra & Shatila

From September 16 to 18, 1982, Israeli-backed Lebanese Phalangist (Arabic: al-Kataeb) militiamen entered the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps in West Beirut, and slaughtered at will. Age or gender were never a consideration, as the elderly, women, children and even toddlers became easy prey.  The death toll has never been verified, ranging from 800 to 3,500, which is testimony to the destruction wrought by the Phalangists that many bodies were never uncovered.

This was a moment in time, still being lived by Palestinian refugees everywhere and Palestinians living under the cruel occupation.

Click here to read more on the Massacre of Sabra & Shatila.




May 2014
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