1948 Nakba: Creation, Catastrophe, Resilience

Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Abdulhadi
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Rabab
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
Host/Sponsor: 
Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, the Center for Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies & Communication Studies Department at California State University, San Bernardino
Abstract: 
After 69 years of illegal Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestine that lead to the historical Nakba or ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, the widespread myths about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict are still rampant in the United States. In addition, the official Israeli narrative of the conflict is the only narrative in any media discourse on Palestine, even on more progressive media outlets such as the PBS and NPR, in this country. The proposed panel includes a film screening of an upcoming documentary, 1948: Creation & Catastrophe, which documents the historical events of the year 1948 and the devastating impact of the creation of the state of Israel on the Palestinians, followed by a three-speaker discussion of the film. This year marks not only the 69th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, but also the centennial of the infamous Balfour Declaration, which promised world Jewry a national homeland in Palestine by the English government, with total disregard of the rights of the indigenous Palestinian population, so parallels will be drawn between the Palestinian experience and the experiences of other marginalized groups, such as Native Americans and Blacks in the United States.
Hunter College CUNY