May 15, 2011 by happyhenry
Israel declared its independence on 14th May 1948. While Israelis celebrate this on Yom Ha’atzmaut, we should also remember as Jews that this day is commemorated as the Naqba (catastrophe) by Palestinians. The attempt by the Israeli Knesset to ban any public body from commemorating this in what has become known as the Naqba Law.
Many Israeli Jews do not acept this attempt to deny the past. As Noam Sheisaf puts it on 972 Blog in “Why Jews need to talk about the Nakba”, “To deny the Nakba is to deny our own identity”.
More useful articles on the Naqba from 972 Blog & Haaretz:
Israel’s Nakba Law: Is it time for civil disobedience? Click here
Im Tirsu, right-wing Israeli group, publishes booklet denying Nakba: Click here
Gideon Levy: Israeli Jews should mark Nakba Day too
Clashes erupt as Nakba Day protests sweep Palestinian territories: Haaretz