The Nakba at 70


Palestinians this month mark seventy years since the 1948 Nakba, when approximately 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled or fled their homes for safety as another people sought to remove them to establish their State — Israel. We are again reminded that the impact of this catastrophe continues to affect not only those refugees and their descendants, but also the very fabric of life for Palestinians wherever they may be.

Seventy years on, Palestinians in Jerusalem continue to endure systematic attempts to force them out of their homes, while in the West Bank they struggle to remain in their ancestral homeland amid an ever-expanding settler-colonial project. In Gaza, where Palestinians are imprisoned en masse, they suffer the consequences of repeated military assaults and an ongoing siege, now in its 14th year. 

On this occasion, the Institute for Palestine Studies USA is highlighting the constant presence of the Nakba in Palestinian memory by:

  • Releasing an interactive infographic of all #418Villages that were occupied and depopulated by Israel during the Nakba.
  • Offering free access to a Special Virtual Issue featuring articles from the Journal of Palestine Studies, including a forthcoming article examining why U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel could be contrary to international law. The articles will be available through May 31, 2018. You can subscribe to the Journal here.
  • Offering the Nakba Collection with $15.00 in savings through May 31, 2018. This collection includes: Before Their DiasporaAll That Remains, and Expulsion of the Palestinians. Together, these books make an excellent gift for people who wish to learn more about Palestine.


At this critical time, we remain committed to protecting the facts on Palestine and hope that you will find these publications illuminating.