The Nakba - In The Words of Palestinians

The Institute for Palestine Studies has published countless books and articles on every imaginable aspect of the Nakba and its consequences to this day. On this Sixty-Seventh anniversary of the Nakba we have chosen to highlight our archival collection of articles on the personal experiences of the Nakba. Rather than tracing the arch of history with its attendant figures, facts, and dates; where the individual experience is consumed by the collective narration, these articles remind us that the grand narrative is drawn by countless stories of individual struggle and loss. 

 An army officer lamenting the fall of Jaffa to the Zionists, “In this way the curtain was rung down on that heroic Arab city.” A Palestinian man, all but a child in 1948, reflecting on the emergence of consciousness that comes with age, “For us it did not begin in 1948. . . . It occurred when the Palestinian . . . asked . . . : who am I.” A Palestinian woman remembering a life of exile in England, “Our home soon acquired a reputation for being a home-away-from-home amongst newly arrived and homesick Palestinians.” These stories and more are found at the link below. 

UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees - 65 Years Later

As part of our Special Focus – UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees - 65 Years Later, the Institute for Palestine Studies has made available a series of articles from the Journal of Palestine Studies. This archival collection includes “UNRWA and the Palestinian Nation-Building Process,” “The Urban Redesign of the Jenin Refugee Camp,” “UNRWA and the Refugees: A Difficult but Lasting Marriage,” and several other invaluable reports. In presenting this month’s Special Focus against the backdrop of the Gaza Strip still in the midst of recovery and the recent news of the storming of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus by rebel fighters and shelling by the Assad regime, we hope to contribute to our readers’ understanding of the history and mission of UNRWA.

Journal for Palestine Studies 174

Journal of Palestine Studies 174 is now available online. Our latest issue features a rare in-depth interview with the leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Dr. Shallah. In a provocative essay, renowned political scientist Ian Lustick analyzes the divergent narratives that Israeli liberals and ultra-nationalists adopt in reference to the Nakba. And Book Reviews of Out of Bounds: Academic Freedom and the Question of Palestine, "This is Jerusalem Calling": State Radio in Mandate Palestine, Freedom Sailors: The Maiden Voyage of the Free Gaza Movement and How We Succeeded in Spite of Ourselves. Lastly, the Journal features our Update on Conflict & Diplomacy, Selections from the Press, Documents and Source Material, and much more. 

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