[lit-ideas] al-Nakba and the current conflict

  • From: Omar Kusturica <omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2006 05:07:22 -0700 (PDT)

The Arab-Israeli war of 1948, known in Israel as the
War of Independence, is called al-Nakba or the
Catastrophe by Palestinians. For generations of
Americans raised on the heroic story of Israel's
birth, especially as written by Leon Uris in Exodus,
there is no place for al-Nakba. Yet this fundamental
Palestinian wound, and the power of its memory today,
cannot simply be wished away. 


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