Commemorating 70 years of Nakba – Resources and U.S. Events

The Nakba (“Catastrophe” in Arabic) refers to the forced displacement of approximately 750,000 Palestinians that began with Israel’s establishment in 1948, and that continues to this day.

It has been 70 years since May 15, 1948, and activists are organizing events to raise awareness of Palestinian refugees and change the conversation in the Jewish community to respect Palestinian human rights.

In 1948, more than 50% of the entire Palestinian population was ethnically cleansed. Click the image to see the full infographic: An Ongoing Displacement (Visualizing Palestine)

Resources to Commemorate 70 Years of Nakba

  1. Facing the Nakba curriculum
  2. The world stands with Gaza images for social media and posters
  3. Gaza will be Free poster by Micah Bazant
  4. Signs of all villages occupied between May 9-16, 1948
  5. 6 Things to Know About the #GreatMarchofReturn
  6. Practicalities of Return video from BADIL Resource Center
  7. Posters of Palestinians who have been killed in the #GreatReturnMarch, designed by JVP member Sarah Sills


Events in the United States

More events will be posted here as May 15th, 2018 approaches. 

Nakba March and Rally
May 15 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM EDT
501 East Broad Street/Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio

Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio will gather outside the Broad Street United Methodist Church at 4:30 for a march to the Statehouse. Questions? Email or message us on Facebook.


The Nakba After 70 Years- A Teach-In
May 12, 2 – 3:30 PM EDT
Broad Street United Methodist Church, 501 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio

Nakba denial has been one of the most prominent methods of erasing the history of Palestine and the rights of Palestinians. Join JVP Central Ohio for a conversation with local Palestinians as they tell their stories. The event is free and open to the public. There will be drinks and snacks. Questions? Email


Novel Reading and Interview
May 12 from 4:00- 6:00 p.m EDT
White Plains, NY

Jewish Voice for Peace Westchester is hosting a reading and interview with Susan Abulhawa, author of the critically acclaimed novel Mornings in Jenin. Free and open to the public. Questions? Email or phone 914 449-6514.



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