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All That Remains All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948
Before Their Diaspora Before Their Diaspora: A Photographic History of the Palestinians 1876-1948
Expulsion of the Palestinians Expulsion of the Palestinians: The Concept of "Transfer" in Zionist Political Thought, 1882-1948
Records of Dispossession Records of Dispossession: Palestinian Refugee Property and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
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First Zionist Colony
First Zionist Colony

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Population Distribution
UN Partition Plan
UN Partition Plan
Military Operations
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1948 : SIXTY SIX YEARS ON. . .
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2014 marks the 66th anniversary of an-Nakba ("the Catastrophe"), as Palestinians call the period when Israel was created and Palestine disappeared from the map. To commemorate the Nakba, the Institute for Palestine Studies has compiled articles from past issues of its flagship Journal of Palestine Studies, and the maps and carefully constructed chronologies of events from its best-selling books Before Their Diaspora: A Photographic History of the Palestinians 1876–1948 and All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948.

Featured Article
Were they expelled or did they flee? And who was responsible? This question has dominated the discourse about the Palestinian Nakba from 1948 until the present. Renowned historian Walid Khalidi wrote a seminal piece in 1961 exposing "Plan Dalet", a systematic Zionist military operation launched in April and May 1948, which led to the expulsion of the Palestinians and the creation of the state of Israel. Khalidi's work has provided the basis for subsequent analyses of this issue.
To read Khalidi's original article, together with the analysis and documents added in 1988, click here.

Featured Memoir
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The Journal of Palestine Studies was the first publication to carry the English translation of Gamal Abdul Nasser's memoirs of the 1948 war. The late Egyptian president began publishing his memoirs of this period in the Egyptian weekly Akher Sa'a in 1955, shortly after a massive Israeli raid on Gaza, which was then under Egyptian administration.
To read more
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For memoirs by other public or private figures, such as Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, Fawzi al-Qawuqji, and Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, click on Memoirs and Reflections.

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From Before Their Diaspora: The chronology covers Palestinian history from founding of the first Zionist colony in 1878 to the Nakba in 1948. Click Here

From All That Remains: The chronology indicates landmark events in Palestinian history from the earliest times until 1949, and details Zionist military operations throughout 1948 and 1949. Click Here

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