The Palestine Nakba: Decolonising History, Narrating the by Nur Masalha

By Nur Masalha

In 2009, Palestinians venerated the sixtieth anniversary of the Nakba - the main tense disaster that ever happened them. The publication explores methods of remembering and commemorating the Nakba, facing the difficulty in the context of Palestinian oral historical past, "social background from below," narratives of reminiscence, and the formation of collective id. Masalha argues that to write down extra honestly concerning the Nakba isn't just to perform a certified historiography yet an ethical relevant. The struggles of the standard refugees to publicize the reality in regards to the Nakba is a crucial method of shielding the refugees' rights and preserving the wish for peace with justice alive. With the heritage, rights, and wishes of the Palestinian refugees being excluded from fresh heart East peacemaking efforts and with the failure of either the Israeli nation and foreign group to recognize the Nakba, "1948" as an "ethnic detoxing" keeps to underpin the Palestine-Israel clash. This booklet is essential for a true knowing of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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Also Herzl 1972: 30; and cited in Rodinson 1973: 14. 38 The Palestine Nakba signed by God (Wetherell 2005: 69–70). Very little is said about the actual genealogy and provenance of Zionism, especially the European settler-colonial context of the late nineteenth-century from which Zionism drew its force; and almost nothing is said about what the creation of the State of Israel entailed for the indigenous inhabitants of the land (Said 1980: 57). Despite its distinct features and its nationalist ideology (‘return’ to the land of the Bible) political Zionism followed the general trajectory of colonialist projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America: European colonising of another people’s land while seeking to remove or subjugate the indigenous inhabitants (Ruether 1998: 113).

It was approved by the Second Zionist Congress in 1898 and established a year later (in 1899) and registered as a limited colonial company in London. Its objectives were to encourage Jewish migration from Europe and the economic development of Jewish colonies in Palestine. Earlier, in 1882, B’nai B’rith (Sons of the Covenant) was one of the earliest modern Zionist organisations founded in the West. It was established by German Zionist Jews11 to foster European Jewish colonisation in Palestine. B’nai B’rith provided financial support to early Zionist colonies in Palestine and published a weekly newspaper proudly titled Der Kolonist.

Kohn in Khalidi 2005: 818–19. See also Masalha 2000; Shlaim 2000. 32 The Palestine Nakba Earlier, in the 1920s, Vladimir Jabotinsky developed his ‘Iron Wall’ doctrine to highlight the separateness, purity and militarism of the Zionist Yishuv and explain that the Zionist colonisation of Palestine can only be carried out against the wishes of the indigenous Arab majority. In an article entitled ‘The Iron Wall: We and the Arabs’ (1923), Jabotinsky cites both the conquest methods of the Spanish colonists in Mexico and Peru and Joshua to justify Zionist policies towards the indigenous Palestinians and the transformation of Palestine into the ‘Land of Israel’: Every reader has some idea of the early history of other countries which have been settled.

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