Remembering the Palestinian Nakba: Commemoration, Oral History and Narratives of Memory.

Masalha, Nur (2008) Remembering the Palestinian Nakba: Commemoration, Oral History and Narratives of Memory. Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 7 (2). 123 - 156. ISSN 14749475


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This year Palestinians commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba – the most traumatic catastrophe that ever befell them. The rupture of 1948 and the ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the Nakba are central to both the Palestinian society of today and Palestinian social history and collective identity. This article explores ways of remembering and commemorating the Nakba. It deals with the issue within the context of Palestinian oral history, ‘social history from below’, narratives of memory and the formation of collective identity. With the history, rights and needs of the Palestinian refugees being excluded from recent Middle East peacemaking efforts and with the failure of both the Israeli state and the international community to acknowledge the Nakba, ‘1948’ as an ‘ethnic cleansing’ continues to underpin the Palestine-Israel conflict. This article argues that to write more truthfully about the Nakba is not just to practice a professional historiography; it is also a moral imperative of acknowledgement and redemption. The struggles of the refugees to publicise the truth about the Nakba is a vital way of protecting the refugees’ rights and keeping the hope for peace with justice alive. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: DISASTERS; PALESTINIAN Arabs — Israel; FORCED migration; ORAL history; SOCIAL history; GROUP identity; ISRAEL
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 305 Social groups
900 History & geography > 909 World history
900 History & geography > 956 History of the Middle East (Near East)
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2012 16:14
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2013 12:40


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