Palestinians refer to it as “Al Nakba”, which literally translates as “The Catastrophe”. It refers to the mass exodus of at least 750,000 – 850,000 Arabs from Palestine. Though most believe this event began in 1948, in fact, Al Nakba began decades earlier.
Expelling people from their homes is a war crime. As well as preventing them from returning. Israel didn’t just commit a war crime in 1948 but continues to commit one to this day.
SALMAN ABU SITTA
AUTHOR, ATLAS OF PALESTINE 1948