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Commemorating the Nakba

2008 marked the 60th anniversary of the Nakba (“Catastrophe,” in Arabic): the dispossession and forced exile of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their ancestral land before and during the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of this tragic event, the US Campaign produced and distributed popular educational materials about the Nakba and its continuing relevance for resolving the Palestinian refugee issue and establishing a just and lasting peace.

Expressions of Nakba
The US Campaign sponsored a multi-media artistic competition to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba. View the award-winning art in our gallery here.


65 Years Later
May 7th, 2013
Commemorate Nakba Day and Continue Work for Palestinian Rights
Fact Sheet: The Palestinian Right of Return
January 26th, 2005
The right of return is part of international law, and Palestinians are specifically guaranteed that right by UN Resolutuion 194. It is estimated that there are 5.8 million Palestinian refugees worldwide, and Palestinian refugees are the oldest refugee population to date. However, for more than 50 years Israel has yet to recognize their right to choose to return to their land or be compensated for their losses.
Member Group al-Nakba Resources
Educate your community about al-Nakba. Use the following resources, which include fact sheets, maps showing Palestinian Diaspora, testimony from al-Nakba survivors and much more.
Nakba Day (2009)
May 15th, 2009
Memorialize the dispossession and forced exile of Palestinians during the 1948 founding of Israel. We remember the Nakba (Arabic for catastrophe) on May 15 each year.
Celebrate the Right of Return Apply to Host "Expressions of Nakba" Art Exhibit
December 11th, 2008
Apply online to host "Expressions of Nakba," the culmination of an international art competition commemorating the 1948 expulsion and dispossession of Palestinians.
Commemorate World Refugee Day--June 20th
June 19th, 2008
Find resources and learn what you can do to commemorate World Refugee Day.
Huge Ad on Palestinian Dispossession to Circle Israel B-Day Event on National Mall
May 30th, 2008
A 10x22 foot mobile advertisement commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (or "catastrophe" in Arabic) will circle the National Mall in Washington, DC this Sunday afternoon during "Israel@60: A Capital Celebration."
Ads Commemorating Palestinian Dispossession Go Up in NYC
May 19th, 2008
Advertisements commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (or "catastrophe" in Arabic) were posted throughout Manhattan this weekend by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.