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  • proper n. Alternative spelling of Nakba.


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  • In July 2009, Israel's education ministry announced that the term nakba, introduced two years previously into Palestinian-Israeli textbooks, was to be removed on the grounds that its use was tantamount to spreading propaganda against Israel.

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  • The Syrian academic Constantine Zurayk (Qustantīn Zurayq), a liberal Arab nationalist, is generally credited with having put the term nakba into broad circulation as a designation for 'The Catastrophe' (al-nakba) in a pamphlet that had a profound effect on public opinion: The Meaning of the Catastrophe (or disaster), published in 1948 and reissued in a second edition the year after.


  • Jafar Farrah, director of Mossawa (Equality), an Israeli-Arab advocacy group, told Reuters the decision to excise the term nakba only "complicated the conflict".

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  • The term nakba has a similar resonance for Palestinians as the Hebrew word shoah - normally used to describe the Nazi Holocaust - does for Israelis and Jews.

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  • Instead he commemorates "another year of our expulsion - which we call the nakba, or catastrophe."

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  • For example this web article concerning the removal of the word nakba from textbooks for state-educated Arab Israeli nine-year-olds.

    Archive 2009-07-24

  • Although most Palestinians blame their loss during the period they call the nakba catastrophe on Jewish troops they say drove them from their homes -- or on Arab radio stations they say ordered them to flee while claiming the Jews were being vanquished -- Mahameed's father blamed one man.

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  • Israel's education ministry has ordered the removal of the word nakba - Arabic for the

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  • Netanyahu spoke for many Jewish Israelis two years ago when he argued that using the word nakba in Arab schools was tantamount to spreading propaganda against Israel.

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  • Palestinians mourn it as the "nakba" - the catastrophe - because hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were expelled from homes in what is now Israel.

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