Although the history of Palestine is indeed long and much studied going back to most ancient days, to Rome and Christianity, Islam, the Crusades and right up to the tumult of the last 100 years. It is this last period of history that is of immediate interest because in it lies the story and the context for today’s problems and tomorrow’s hopes for justice and peace for all peoples of that land. Central to this period is the Nakba (the Catastrophe) of 1948 when 700,000 Palestinians were expelled and 600 villages were destroyed by Zionist forces. Below is an excellent beginning to discovering the Nakba and understanding its role.
Nakba Focus Sites
An immense site with a great wealth of information and resources about the events leading to and including 1948 with details of the 500+ destroyed villages.
(remembering in Hebrew) an Israeli NGO that works to expose the facts of the Nakba in 1948 and and ongoing injustices in Israeli society.
Dedicated to the most infamous event of the Nakba – the massacre at Deir Yassin on April 9, 1948, 5 weeks before Israel’s declaration of independence.
entitled “LEST WE FORGET – Palestine and the Nakba” gives a comprehensive view of the Nakba event especially useful discussion of Plan Dalet.
Palestine Land Society is a treasure-trove of history and maps of Palestine, the land and its people. It is centred around the work of the great Salman Abu Sitta.
Israeli site for research and art laboratory for creating tools to understand the past and Nakba to enable people who want to live in the land (Palestine/Israel) to share it.
An encyclopedic site on the Nakba going back in history to the late 1890’s, it contains links to official documents, oral histories, videos, books, timelines and more.
The site for Al-Nakba Awareness Project presents a well-organized chronology and overview of Zionism and later Israel in historic Palestine to the present day.
The video documentaries below are available online on YouTube. Hundreds more can also be found either in entirety or segments of 10 20 minutes or trailers. Many can be seen for under $5 on streaming sites. P lease search on these titles.