Remembering the Nakba 1948

Today marks the 68th anniversary of Al Nakba that uprooted around 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and confiscating more than 80% from historical Palestine. The anniversary comes amid an open-ended hunger strike by the Palestinian prisoners imprisoned by the Israeli Occupation, the escalation in violence and arrests of Palestinians, and ever-expanding Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The Nakba by the numbers

-          Between 750,000 and one million : The number of Palestinians expelled and made refugees by Zionist paramilitaries, and subsequently Israeli forces, during Israel’s creation in 1947-49.

-          At least two dozen: The number of massacres of Palestinian civilians by Zionist and Israeli forces, which played a crucial role in spurring the mass flight of Palestinians from their homes.

-          More than 400: The number of Palestinian cities and towns systematically destroyed by Israeli forces or repopulated with Jews between 1948 and 1950. Most Palestinian population centers, including homes, businesses, houses of worship, and vibrant urban centers, were demolished to prevent the return of their Palestinian owners, now refugees outside of Israel's pre-1967 borders, or internally displaced inside of them.

(Source Insitute for Middle East Understanding)