2022 marks the 74th anniversary of the Nakba (the catastrophe), when over 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes and forced to become refugees within the West Bank, Gaza Strip and neighbouring countries.
The Nakba is not just a singular historic event, it is an ongoing reality for Palestinians. The dispossession and denial of Palestinian human rights did not begin in 1948.
The timeline below shows key events that have shaped the Palestinian experience but it does not show all the personal losses, the billions of monetary loss, the loss of potential and dreams and the generational trauma caused by the ongoing Nakba.
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74 years later, the displacement and dispossession continues
The Palestinian refugee crisis is the longest running refugee crisis in the world today. It is estimated that during the Nakba, Palestinians faced between $100-$200 billion in monetary losses.
Today, there are over 2 million Palestinian refugees in Jordan and their situation is marked by poverty, dispossession and limited opportunities. In Gaza, 75% of of its 2 million residents are refugees, while in the West Bank, 754,000 Palestinians are refugees.
An estimated 500 villages and towns were depopulated and demolished by the Israeli forces to prevent the return of the refugees. Many people locked upt heir homes, taking their keys with them, hopeful they would return soon. They lost their belongings, their farms, their businesses. Their whole lives were gone.
This period is referred to as ‘al Nakba’ or ‘the catastrophe’ and is marked on the 15th of May.
It is estimated over 750,000Palestinians were forced to flee or were expelled from their homes in 1948. The Nakba is not an historical event but an ongoing event. 74 years later, the displacement and dispossession continues.
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