Nakba Ceremonies Highlight Continued Rifts

Arab parliament members join event marking Arab displacement following creation of Jewish state.

05/17/2016 - 15:41
Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv — Flags from last week’s Independence Day celebration still lined Tel Aviv’s boulevards and public squares when a group of students dressed in black and wearing checkered keffiyah scarves gathered at the entrance to Tel Aviv University on Sunday for an entirely different ceremony.

Israeli Jews hold a counter Nakba protest Sunday at Tel Aviv University. Joshua Mitnick/JW

The Real ‘Catastrophe’ Of The Nakba

05/14/2012 - 20:00

Palestinians marked Tuesday as the day commemorating the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” by protesting in Israel, some throwing stones and Molotov cocktails in what has become an annual ritual of anger, frustration and violence. The real catastrophe is that the Palestinians continue to mourn the past and forfeit the future by refusing to acknowledge the present — the reality of the State of Israel and its right to exist.

Looking To Bibi, As The World Closes In

05/16/2011 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

 Can you feel the world closing in on Israel?

Other issues on the Jewish agenda pale before a series of looming showdowns for Jerusalem, from major addresses by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu on the Mideast, to another flotilla setting sail soon for Gaza, to the Palestinian drive for statehood at the United Nations this fall.

Gary Rosenblatt

In West Bank, Palestinians Marking Nakba Day Encouraged by Arab Spring in Their Fight Against Israel

05/15/2011 - 20:00

RAMALLAH, West Bank (JTA) -- Clouds of tear gas hovered over hundreds of rioting Palestinian youths on the road to Jerusalem, where demonstrations marking the anniversary of Israel’s founding 63 years ago turned violent.

“I want a third intifada," said Ala Barghouti, a 21-year-old accounting student, his nostrils stuffed with tissues to keep out the sting of the tear gas. "I hope things do escalate today. A third intifada will help move the Palestinian Authority to improve our political situation.

For Israel’s Arabs, Sense of Disenfranchisement as Israel Marks 63rd Birthday

05/09/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- In an elegant limestone building in a Jerusalem neighborhood that before 1948 was home to the city’s Palestinian elite, a group of Jewish and Arab Israeli academics recently tried to untangle one of Israel’s most complex and charged questions: the status of its Arab minority.

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