Nakba: Then and now

Monday, May 14, 2018

Palestinian protests at the Gaza border and Trump’s planned U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem both coincide with the upcoming 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding, a day Palestinians refer to as “the Nakba,” the “Catastrophe,” when approximately 750,000 Palestinians were violently forced out of Palestine to ensure a Jewish majority.

Today the Nakba persists as Israel continues to expand, displace, terrorize, imprison and discriminate. Since the end of March the Israeli military has attacked non-violent protestors and journalists in Gaza, killing more than 45 and wounding thousands.

My Jewish parents raised me to reject the notion that my survival requires the displacement and destruction of other human beings Unlike my parents, I have Jewish community that is expressing this solidarity with Palestinians and refusing to celebrate any nationalism at the expense of our humanity and culture.

Please join the Western Mass. chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace as we remember this historical injustice and denounce the ongoing Nakba. We are meeting at Northampton’s City Hall on Tuesday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Emily Miller

Jewish Voice for Peace
— Western Mass