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Reflecting on 76 Years of Displacement and Struggle: Palestinians Commemorate Al Nakba Amid Ongoing Conflict

BySamantha Jones

May 15, 2024
Millions of Palestinians globally observe ‘Al Nakba’

Palestinians around the world are commemorating the 76th anniversary of “Al Nakba,” or “The Catastrophe.” This day marks the end of British occupation in Palestine in 1948, which led to the creation of the state of Israel. Following the 1948 war, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced to flee their homes and become displaced.

This year’s anniversary comes at a time of heightened tensions amidst the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel. The conflict was sparked by Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7, resulting in over 1,200 deaths. As the violence continues, Israeli forces have reportedly killed tens of thousands of Palestinians and displaced 1.5 million people, according to the United Nations.

To gain insight into the significance of this anniversary, we spoke with Beshara Doumani, the Mahmoud Darwish chair in Palestinian Studies at Brown University. He provides context and sheds light on the historical significance of this day, reflecting on the impact it has had on Palestinians over the past 76 years.

Doumani explains that Al Nakba is not just a day of mourning for those who were displaced but also a day to acknowledge and remember the ongoing struggle for Palestinian self-determination. He emphasizes that despite efforts by Israel to erase Palestine from history and memory, Palestinians continue to resist and preserve their culture and identity.

He reflects on how Al Nakba has shaped Palestinian society and politics over time, leading to a deep-seated sense of loss and trauma that continues to affect generations. However, he also notes that it has also given rise to a resilient and determined people who continue to fight for their rights and dignity despite facing significant challenges.

As we mark this anniversary, we stand with Palestinian refugees everywhere as they continue their struggle for justice and equality. We must work towards a future where all people can live with dignity and freedom without fear or discrimination based on their ethnicity or nationality.

This interview originally aired on May 15, 2024 as Palestinians worldwide paused to reflect on the events of Al Nakba and the ongoing challenges faced by the Palestinian people.

By Samantha Jones

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