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PHOTOS: Palestinians return to village destroyed in 1948 Nakba
By Ryan Rodrick Beiler
The Israeli group Zochrot organizes many tours of Palestinian villages depopulated during the Nakba of 1948. What made this Saturday’s tour of Al-Ruways particularly remarkable was the large number of displaced Palestinians and their descendants who made the event more of a return than a simple tour.
The Alterative Tour Guide to Shaykh Muwaniss and Ayn Hawd
By Edna Shemesh
PALMACHNIC TESTIMONY: WE EXPELLED, WE BOMBED, WE KILLED
By Arnon Lapid
|01/2013||WORLD POLICY INSTITUTE||
Toward a Common Archive: Reframing the Roots of Palestine and Israel
By Linda Kinstler
Binyamin Eshet shifts uneasily in his chair, averting his eyes from the camera. His interviewer has just asked him to recall the events of the Dahmash Mosque massacre in the Palestinian village of Lydda (now Lod), one of the bloodiest events of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Eshet witnessed the massacre when he was 21 years old and serving in the Palmach, a special strike force of the Israeli military.
The Right and The Return
By Eitan Bronstein Aparicio
Against forgetting: An interview with Eyal Sivan
By Charlotte Silver
I am interested in the traces of the perpetrator, because he can testify about the system. He is the one who can explain to us how it is done
Searching for the lost Palestinian villages
By Moshe Gilad (also photos)
I’d been there dozens of times in the past. I never noticed the Sheikh’s Tomb standing on the manicured lawn. I didn’t see it. Nor did I remember the large round structure standing right on the shoreline, a few dozen meters from the water, opposite the fishing boats. I wonder about that, because Dor Beach was one of my parents’ favorite beaches; they used to go there every summer. “There aren’t any ancient buildings here,” said the woman who answered the intercom at the entrance to the holiday village. “You’re mistaken.”
The "academic study" about the Palmachniks has turned out to be an exhibition against "Zionist fighter"
By Ishay Fridman
There are moments in history when it is appropriate to hide a small truth in order to expose a bigger one. Crimes against humanity committed by nations and individuals must see the light as part of the struggle against their recurrence. This is true of all the various Nakba crimes
|10/2012||International Herald Tribune||
The Nakba, Then and Now
By Raja Shehadeh
That an Israeli group like Zochrot should organize a trip to a city where some of the Nakba’s worst atrocities occurred is an important and necessary attempt to bridge this nagging gap in perceptions
A new book: Tours of villages from ’48 – also in kibbutzim
By Arnon Lapid
Ronen Ziv-Li from Rosh Hanikra looked for what remained around his kibbutz from before 1948 and came back with a tour route through Palestinian villages that had been abandoned and destroyed. His route, along with 17 others – including through kibbutzim – have been gathered in a new book published by Zochrot
Members of Lod’s Gar’in Torahni on the trail of the Palestinian “Nakba”
By Maria Za'arur
Zochrot conducted a tour of Lod to sites from which it’s been claimed Arabs were expelled in 1948. Among the participants were some wearing yarmulkes, members of Lod’s Gar’in Torahni. But they weren’t admitted to the talk in the town’s Hadash party branch
|10/2012||The Israeli Communist Party||
The Hidden Villages
By Lilach Weber
A Different Israeli Literature
By Yonatan Mendel
The two Hebrew books discussed in this article, issued by major, well-known Israeli publishing houses (HaKibbutz HaMeuchad and Am Oved), are also examples of the kind of work that frightens the Israeli Minister of Culture. They were written in the past two years by authors in their thirties, and though they’re different from one another – in the genre they chose, their experiences, the depth of their analysis of the Israel-Palestine conflict – it’s nevertheless important to read them concurrently. It’s a way to learn about Israel, Israeli society and the limits of its discourse
|04/2012||International Solidarity Movement||
Deir Yassin: The peace that never was
Two days ago, we visited Deir Yassin, or to be more specific, what remains of Deir Yassin, with Zochrot, an Israeli organization dedicated to educating the Israeli public about the nakba. The tour was organized in commemoration of the Deir Yassin massacre.
|04/2012||The Jerusalem Post||
Police arrest 3 at 'Nakba' event 'stand-off' in TA
By BEN HARTMAN
"Zochrot" organization is prevented from laying posters in Rabin Square showing names of pre-1948 Palestinian villages.
Police besiege, arrest activists planning to commemorate Nakba
By Haggai Matar
Some 15 activists from the organization Zochrot were besieged by police on Wednesday night in the NGO’s offices, in order to prevent them from quietly commemorating the Palestinian Nakba on Israeli Independence Day. Three were arrested for reading aloud names of destroyed villages.
|02/2012||The New York times||
A Roundabout Named Dajani
By RAJA SHEHADEH
JAFFA, ISRAEL — Moments of hope are rare in this miserable, interminable Israeli-Palestinian conflict, so archaic in its colonial character, so postmodern in the methods Israel uses to oppress the Palestinians living under its rule.
Breaking the Silence – Palmach Version
By Yishai Friedman
|12/2011||The Electronic Intifada||
World bodies must act now to save Lifta
By Antoine Raffoul
Earlier this year, the group 1948 Lest We Forget filed an application to the World Monuments Fund (WMF) to include the Palestinian village of Lifta in its 2012 World Monuments Watch List.
|10/2011||The Electronic Intifada||
Exhibition explores implementing right of return
By Jillian Kestler-D'Amours
TEL AVIV (IPS) - In a new project that has tackled one of the most divisive issues plaguing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a diverse group of academics, architects, urban planners and Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups are examining how the right of return of Palestinian refugees can be implemented on the ground.
|06/2011||Mail and Guardian||
Wounds of dispossession reopened
By HARRIET SHERWOOD
In the golden light of a spring evening, Yacoub Odeh climbs through knee-high grass to the ruin that was his childhood home.
Education Ministry hunting for Arab teachers absent on Land Day
By Jack Khoury
Principals of Arab schools received a letter from the Education Ministry on Land Day, held on March 30, asking them to immediately "report the names of teachers who were present in the schools and of those who were absent."
Israel criminalizes commemoration of the Nakba
By Jillian Kestler-D'Amours
“Law will not influence the way we commemorate the Nakba,” Haneen Zoabi, Palestinian member of the Knesset, told The Electronic Intifada. “On the contrary, we must prove to our people and to the state that we will not be afraid from this law and that this will not succeed in oppressing our feeling or our identity. We will commemorate the Nakba in a much more impressive way this year than we ever did.”
|02/2011||Jewish Daily Forward||
Israel Charny, director of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem and former editor of the Encyclopedia of Genocide, acknowledges that Zionists committed genocidal massacres and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians
By Gal Beckerman
The question is provocative, and the answer for most people is an unequivocal no. But a debate over this idea has formed the crux of a heated argument among the most eminent genocide scholars in the world, and led recently to the censure of an Israeli professor by the field’s leading academic association.
The forest through the trees: What the Carmel fire reminds us about Israel’s history
By Max Blumenthal
Most of the original inhabitants of Ein Hod, which was called Ayn Hawd prior to the expulsions of '48, and was continuously populated since the 12th century, were expelled to refugee camps in Jordan and Jenin in the West Bank. But a small and exceptionally resilient band of residents fled to the hills, set up a makeshift camp and watched as Jewish foreigners moved into their homes.
A 'Hidden History' in the Holy Land
By Ben White
As Bronstein explained to me, “I had the idea to post simple signs indicating the Palestinian history of the park. My friends told me it was a great idea—but that it wasn’t just a few villages, but hundreds,” a realization that helped give birth to Zochrot.
An Israeli on Nakba Day: ‘Our humanity is bound up with your right to return'
By Eitan Bronstein
Please, you and your children, don’t ever give up your right to return. Not (only) for yourselves but for me also. Do you understand? If you give up this right all chance for a just life in this land will be lost and I will be sentenced to the shameful life of an eternal occupier, armed from the soles of my feet to the depths of my soul and always afraid, like all colonizers.
Who will give up the right of return?
By Eitan Bronstein
Miska, Qula, Bir’im, Saffuriyya, al-Ghabisiyya, ‘Ayn Ghazal, Yaffa, Haifa, Tabaria, Ijzim, Dair Yassin, Safsaf, Ijlil, Qaqun, ‘Innaba, al-Lajjun, al-Ghubayyat, and more – Israel destroyed an entire life, an entire page of civilization, in destroying these places. For me these places have a real face, one that I met personally, and there are many refugees that are demanding their right to return to them.
Response to the Nakba law
By Eitan Bronstein
The Nakba law's motivation: to frighten everyone who wishes to commemorate the human and political tragedy that occurred in 1948, in which the Zionists expelled most of the Palestinian inhabitants of the country and the state of Israel destroyed most of the localities in which they lived.
Nakba: Not a dirty word
By Amaya Galili
People around me are celebrating, but I'm not.
Fighting against forgetting
By Yishai Friedman
They also argue that kibbutzniks and residents of Tel Aviv are the most dangerous settlers. Is this a marginal organization of lunatics, or a threat to the Jewish state? People on the right would have us be wary of those they call "traitors."
If there already is a sign in the park - there will also be a mention of the destroyed Palestinian village
By Yoav Stern
Following numerous requests on behalf of Zochrot organization, the Jewish National Found (KKL-JNF) obligated itself to change the wording on all signs detailing history of an area, in a way that will mention the names of destroyed Palestinian villages.
Darwish and Bialik warn: A poem is fathomless
By David Zonshein
"Sedek" gently leads the Israeli reader, whose trauma clashes with the Palestinian's trauma, to uncover the Nakba.
Photographing what is absent
By Orly Lubin
The first issue of "Sedek" made me respond politically in a way that I'd forgotten - shock.
Out of sight maybe, but not out of mind
By Zafrir Rinat
Yehuda Ziv, who heads the Government Names Committee's subcommittee for community names: "I claimed that original Arab names of existing communities should be added as part of a first map of in Arabic being prepared by the Israel Mapping Center, but I was told that there is no room for that."
The Palestinian 'Nakba' is coming to the streets of Israel
By Itamar Inbari
Ahead of the "Day of the Palestinian Tragedy" that will be observed tomorrow, extreme left organizations will be holding street events in major cities, seeking to remind others that Arab villages once existed in those places.
Due to the intervention of a Mafdal representative, an anti-Israel demonstration was prevented in the capital
By Amiad Taub
Following the intervention of Jerusalem municipal council member Adv. Yair Gabai, the police prevented the "Zochrot" organization from conducting an event to mark the Palestinian "Nakba" in the city on the eve of Jerusalem Day.
59 years since the Deir Yassin massacre
By Yoav Stern
Yesterday activists of the radical left organization "Zochrot" marked 59 years since the Deir Yassin massacre.
Wound of Deir Yassin reopened
By Yoni Mendel
59th anniversary ceremony of the massacre to take place in Deir Yassin today. This year, organizers must contend with a new book that seeks to refute the facts.
Colonizing and crying
By Tomer Gardi
The Kibbutz movement could have a great future ahead.
'Remembering' the Palestinian tragedy
By Itamar Inbari
The Zochrot organization tries to present the Palestinian side of the events of 1948 to the Jewish public. Director Eitan Bronstein senses a change and emphasizes: Acknowledging their version is the key to peace.
Response to "Chronicles of a Piece of Jewelry"
By Eitan Bronstein
The legend recounts the looting of Palestinian villages in the En Ha-Shofet area by members of the Hagana, and the loot that was then presented as gifts to the children of the kibbutz. The adults, repelled, chose to bury the items so they could return them to their owners "when peace will come."
Israeli aid to refugees in Lebanon
By Harun Takhauko
The "Zochrot" organization has begun collecting funds in favor of refugees in Lebanon, particularly for Palestinians.
|08/2006||02 Net - Jerusalem Online||
Left-wing Israeli Organization Collecting Funds for 'Lebanon Rehabilitation'
By the Editor
As would be expected, the email does not mention that the houses that the IDF destroyed are mostly those of terrorists who launched tens of thousands of Katyusha rockets on northern settlements.
Slogans in the heart of Sheinkin
By Itamar Inbari
Protest against the war in Lebanon reaches the "bubble".
Today in theaters: "The Palestinian Nakba"
By Neta Alexander
"Nakba 60" people want to raise awareness of the Palestinian tragedy.
"Almost Forgot" group reminds Tel Aviv – Jaffa residents of the Nakba
By Al Z. Heimer
The future of a nation that forgets its past is cloaked in fog.
|03/2006||New Israel Voices||
Not next year, not in Jerusalem: Israeli Palestinians' – and My Family's – Desire to Return Home
By Rebecca Yael Bak
As Badr shows me his mosque, I am reminded of my visits to the Nissan Bak Shul with a mixture of pride and sadness.
A Palestinian Village in the Heart of Tel Aviv?
By Omer Carmon
"The catastrophe of the Palestinian people is silenced and is not present in the physical and cultural landscape of Israel," claims the organization, whose members ask to preserve the Palestinian villages in Tel Aviv.
The JNF will post signs commemorating the Palestinian villages that were destroyed
By Amiram Barakat
The state has agreed to post signs following a petition to the High Court of Justice; The signs will be posted in Canada Park in memory of Yalu and Imwas which were destroyed in '67.
The Palestinian Past of Canada Park is Forgotten in JNF Signs
By Yuval Yoaz
The omission of the "Palestinian period" in the area by State authorities and the JNF is the subject of a petition submitted to the High Court of Justice on Thursday by the organization "Zochrot," through Adv. Michael Sfard.
Conference for Adherents of Elimination
By Ben-Dror Yemini
What was actually said there is less important. Academic research suffers all. True, there are Palestinians who know how to present their demand in a moderate fashion, true that the return is a constitutive Palestinian ethos, but it doesn't mean that we have to enter this trap...
Who moved my street?
By Eli Levy
A lawyer who is a Haifa resident, and who asked to remain anonymous, said that he found a sign in Arabic with the name of a street from the period before the War of Independence and immediately informed members of the City Council and various public figures.
Right of remembrance
By Aviv Lavie
In 1951, Cohen was 33 years old; he had come to Israel from Iraq with his family, and they were housed by the Ben-Gurion government in an abandoned refugee home. Now he replied with a groan uttered straight from the heart: "My house is here, too."
Opposition to the demolition of the Beidas House, one of the last remains of Sheikh Muwanis in Tel Aviv
By Esther Zandberg
The site, the area of which is about 45 dunams, also contains the central structure of the Ramat Aviv Hotel, built in a modern style in 1951, with a vacation atmosphere that reminded Tel Avivians of the beaches of Florida. In addition to the central structure, the hotel included 21 country-style gazebos. The gazebos have already been razed and the hotel, an elegant and eye-pleasing structure, is sadly also slated for demolition.
The Israeli taboo... 55 years on
By Isabelle Humphries
The Israeli "left" have long been talking and arguing over the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza of 1967. More controversial amongst so-called "peaceniks" is the future of the city of Jerusalem . But the ultimate taboo is to talk about the occupation and dispossession of the Palestinians in 1948.
Dayr Yasin massacre, 55 years on
By Yair Etinger
Dozens of Jews and Arabs yesterday marched around the fence surrounding Jerusalem's Kfar Shaul psychiatric hospital, the site of the Deir Yassin massacre, to commemorate its 55th anniversary.
|04/2003||International Herald Tribune||
Israelis join Palestinians for somber anniversary
By Jonathan Cook
In front of the locked gates of the Kfar Saul psychiatric hospital in the sprawling suburbs of West Jerusalem, Bronstein was trying to unfurl the banner of Zochrot. He was there with 100 demonstrators, drawn from what in Israel is seen as the far left, to commemorate a history most Israelis are never taught in school.