Information / Resource on the Nakba
Thanks to the Internet it is a new world of access to information and perspectives on Palestine-Israel including the Nakba. No list of resources or information links can give the breadth and depth across many thousands of websites, channels and formats. There is nothing more “in the moment” than to enter “key words” e.g. Palestine, Occupation, Zionism, Nakba, BDS, into a search engine and see what it finds.
Below is a selection of recommended sites and links on the Nakba specifically. Please feel free to submit others so they can be shared. If you encounter difficulty with downloads or links which do not work, please contact us. This page is organized in a number of sections:
Nakba Special 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.
Palestinian Journeys is an interactive multifaceted timeline and journey through the many periods before and after the Nakba. A must visit.
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 wellorganized chronology and overview of Zionism and later Israel in historic Palestine to the present day.
Archive numbers some 5,000 posters about Palestine (including historical one) from myriad sources making it the largest such archive in the world.
The full length documentaries below are available on YouTube Channel – nakba70action.org.
Hundreds more can be found as trailers or in entirety as 10-20 minute segments.Many can be seen for under $5 on streaming sites.
Al-Nakba is four full-length episodes produced by al-Jazeera in 2014. Taken together this is the most comprehsive view available on video.
Lost cities of Palestine, a documentary produced by al-Jazeera looking at the fully developed culture and cities before the Nakba.
1948 “The birth of a new specimen of human being“ Veteran British journalist, Alan Hart looks at Zionist leaders and strategy leading to 1948.
Palestinian Refugees: Identity Without a Homeland. Palestinian refugees telling personal stories of the Nakba and what followed. Most are living in refugee camps or scattered elsewhere in the world. (44 min)
The Land Speaks Arabic relies on scholarly research and archival footage documenting the expulsion of Palestinians in lead up to Nakba.
Occupied Palestine (David Koff) Remarkable footage and candid interviews. Met with bomb threats and censorship on US release in 1981.
Deir Yassin Remembered is 33-minute oral history with survivors of the massacre and a tour with Jeff Halper of remains of Deir Yassin.
Sands of Sorrow From 1950, the first documentary about Palestinian refugees. Dorothy Thompson, world famous journalist, was blacklisted after her opposition to Zionism following visit in 1945. (28 min)
Selected film or video titles: The Dupes, The Salt of this Sea, When I Saw You, On the Side of the Road, The Great Book Robbery, Budrus, Defamation, 5 Broken Cameras among dozens of titles.
The most comprehensive film/video resource on Palestinian film – www.palestinedocs.net visit to learn more about film and many can be purchased at www.arabfilm.com.
Video browsing: YouTube or Vimeo or topdocumentaryfilms.com search on key words.
The short documentaries below are available on YouTube Channel – nakba70action.org. Hundreds more can be found via searching.
The Untold History of Palestine & Israel is The Empire Files from the Real News Network looks at the long history of Zionist colonization, expansion and expulsion (23 min).
Before Their Diaspora. An interview with Walid Khalidi, the great Palestinian historian on the making of his books and interactive site.
Planning the Nakba: What They Really Said The secret meetings by Zionist leaders in 1947 following UN Partition Plan to ethnical cleanse Palestine. Quotes from Ilan Pappe’s book (10 min)
Palestinian Villages Destroyed and Depopulated During the Nakba. Complete list
with some photographs set to music by Marcel Khalife – The Bridge. (9 min)
Maps, Factsheets & Booklets
zochrot.org/en/site/nakbaMap the map of villages depicted on google maps with full functionality.
Flight and Expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948 a 32-page exhibition guide with excellent history (in pdf)
Nakba: The Process of Palestinian Dispossession, excellent overview of Nakba and the history leading up to it. (24-pages in pdf)
Competition for The Reconstruction of the Destroyed Palestinian Villages, an innovative approach to re-visiting the Nakba and its effects.
The Impact of the 1948 Disaster: The Ways that the Nakba has Influenced Palestinian History – excellent paper delivered to symposium in 2010. (pdf)
A helpful summary in an 8-page factsheet from sadaka.ie an Irish solidarity group.
The Nakba, 65 Years of Dispossession and Apartheid from IMEU.org – an excellent overview of many stages and elements leading to Nakba.
imeu.org (not to be confused with ameu.org) has a wealth of factsheets on Nakba, Plan D, and other topics concerning history and present situation.
60 Years after the Nakba: Historical Truth, Collective Memory and Ethical Obligations by Nur Masakha, one of the great scholars on the period. (55 pages in pdf).
The Events of 1948 and the Palestinian Refugees an excellent and not too long summary of the main Israeli leaders involved with the Nakba and historians. (17 pages in pdf)
General Palestine-Israel Links on Internet
News and Information
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A Landscape of Return Consider that the Palestinian refugees’ process of return to Israel will take varying forms, then a broad spectrum of options is necessary. Using past and present land use patterns to suggest several possible practices of return to establish their own authentic and grounded relationship with the land once more, Austrian architect Nina Valerie Kolowratnik developed a concept for the redevelopment of the village of Kafr ‘Inan.