PHOTO OF THE WEEK // 65th Anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe / cataclysm)
The 15th of May traditionally marks the Palestinian Nakba; when in the 1948, during the Palestine War, approximately 700,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled, and hundreds of Palestinian villages were depopulated and destroyed by Israeli forces.
These refugees and their descendants number several million people today, divided between Jordan (2 million),Lebanon (427,057), Syria (477,700), the West Bank(788,108) and the Gaza Strip (1.1 million), with at least another quarter of a million internally displaced Palestinians in Israel. The displacement, dispossession and dispersal of the Palestinian people is known to them as an-Nakba, meaning “catastrophe” , “cataclysm” or “disaster”.
PHOTO CREDIT: UNRWA - ‘Palestinian refugees in 1948’