Nakba Survivor: new website highlights testimonies of the Nakba

A new website was launched today that lets Palestinian refugees who fled (or whose parents and grandparents fled) Israel’s ethnic cleansing project that began in 1948, talk about their experiences in time for the 63rd annual commemoration of the Nakba., a multi-media initiative of the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU), features short, personal testimonials of refugees and their direct descendants. 

Palestinians all over the world are asked to upload video testimonials or contribute their stories on Twitter, using #NakbaSurvivor as the hashtag. The tweets show up in a live feed on the website. 

The stories are deeply moving. One 2nd-generation refugee talks about his grandparents walking from their home in Jerusalem to Amman, Jordan; another talks about the village her family came from near Ramle that has since been destroyed, and paved over with a Hebrew name and modern homes. 

To upload your video testimonial, go to the NakbaSurvivor website and click the “Upload your video” link at the top.





I am thankful that you will be compiling a record of the memories of Nakba survivors, to be for ever comparable with the reports of Holocaust survivors, as lasting proof that past victimhood protects no one from the hellish impulse to be a perpetrator in the future. As lasting proof also that the European Zionists exacted bitter revenge, not on the Germans and Austrians who attempted to exterminate them but on the innocent Palestinian Arabs, who established no concentration camps in Europe and invented no diabolical gas ovens. The centuries old Middle Eastern culture of tolerance for fellow peoples of the Book was brutally replaced by "It is our book and we decide who survives" in the land that was always lived in by the Philistines, in whose honor the Romans called it Palestine.

Nora Barrows-Friedman

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Nora Barrows-Friedman is a staff writer and associate editor at The Electronic Intifada, and is the author of In Our Power: US Students Organize for Justice in Palestine (Just World Books, 2014).